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Teacher Suspected of Making Porn With 'Spy Pen'

The 26-year-old was arrested following an investigation that he made inappropriate recordings of female students.

A young choir instructor allegedly used a "spy pen" to record images of teenage girls undressing in a hotel bathroom during a weekend trip, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.

Aldrin Jayson "A.J." Nicolas, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of producing child pornography, according to deputy April Skalland.

Nicolas is a teacher at Vivace Youth Chorus, a well-regarded Silicon Valley choral program for children ages 4-18.

Members of the Vivace Youth Chorus was staying in vacation rentals at Pajaro Dunes, a beach-side resort west of Watsonville, from March 16-18, according to the Sheriff's Office.

During that time, Nicolas allegedly put a camera, which deputies described as a "spy pen," to produce videos of girls ages 13-17 undressing. The girls found the pen, who turned it over to other adults in the program. The adults notified the Sheriff's Office.

"They found this pen in the bathroom and they didn't know who did it," Skalland said, adding that Nicolas was cooperative when investigators approached him.

He was arrested Tuesday.

Nicolas has been suspended from his job with Vivace. He also taught choir at Salinas High School, but has been placed on administrative leave by the school district. Deputies said there is no evidence at this time that there are any victims at the high school.

Poindexter McSmash April 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The world is over stimulated and hard to assimilate. If it's alright to watch on TV, it must be alright to try. As much as people don't want to hear about God, it at least keeps everyone in line. The alternative is board, spoiled brats who will become more and more destructive without any form of discipline...
Jennifer Squires April 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Lucifer, the information published here came directly from the Sheriff's Office after a weeks-long investigation. Of course, the accused are innocent until proven guilty but at this point the facts are the teacher is reportedly cooperating with the investigation and hard evidence (video files) were recovered.
M.Blair April 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Apt name there Lucifer. Playing devils advocate?
John Doe April 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
If your a teacher and are charged you are automatically guilty until proven innocent. Even in the cases of false allegations as 90% are the newspapers need to inform the public immediately destroys a teachers career and reputation. I know as I fell victim to these kind of inventive charges. I don't mind a proper extensive investigation but their has to be a balance in handling these manners. as you know parents assume guilt and properly so as they are protecting their children unless they are part of the lie which seems to be more often than not. I am only asking for fairness. What if he is innocent? cooperating doesnt mean he said he did it.
Jack Kramer April 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I agree with Jennifer. Reporters get press releases from police agencies, and get them in their papers and websites. Had the information not come from an official source, they would never have published it. Ms. Squires cited her sources and wrote the story well. If you look online, dozens of other news agencies have also run this story. Did you read those? Do you think those are "journalistic trash?"

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