A Watchung man has been charged with three counts of invasion of privacy after he allegedly videotaped people in the bathroom of an amusement park, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.
Patrick Deck, 52, was also charged with possessing a .22-caliber rifle in violation of terms of previous sentencing issued by courts.
The invasion of privacy charges stem from allegations Deck had videotaped people in the bathrooms at the Land of Make Believe, in Hope, on Aug. 12. An investigation jointly conducted by the New Jersey State Police, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, with assistance from New Jersey State Police Missing Persons and Child Exploitation Unit, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Park Police, Florham Park Police Department and the Watchung Borough Police Department, followed the charges.
Burke issued a statement on Thursday noting Deck had been taken into custody Wednesday on the rifle possession charge, technically violating "Certain Person Not to Have Weapons" laws, a second-degree offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He had been barred from possessing weapons by earlier court orders regarding two convictions of endangering the welfare of a child, Burke said.
He appeared before Superior Court Judge Ann R. Bartlett, sitting in Belvidere, in answer to the invasion of privacy charges on Tuesday. Deck posted a $50,000 bond and was released on those charges, which also included the condition the he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, Burke said.
If found guilty on the invasion of privacy charges, Burke said Deck could face up to five years in prison.
Investigations into the incidents are continuing. Burke said anyone with information should contact the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-475-6639, or by email at crirnetip@wcpo—nj.us.