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Lyndhurst firefighter, football coach accused of secretly recording pool partygoers in bathroom

Photo Credit: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 45-year-old volunteer firefighter and recreational football coach from Lyndhurst used an iPod hidden in a closet to record video of people using the family bathroom during a pool party for his son, authorities who arrested him this morning said.

Mitchell Morreale was released without bail this morning after borough detectives arrested him on a single charge of invasion of privacy.

A squad captain and seven-year borough fire department veteran, Morreale has been suspended from the fire department pending the outcome of the case, Lyndhurst Fire Chief Paul Haggerty told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

“I’m shocked, speechless,” Haggerty said.

The women — three from Lyndhurst and one from Kearny, ages 18 and 19 — came into headquarters last night to report the incident, which occurred at Morreale’s Livingston Avenue home last Friday night, Capt. John Valente told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

One of them said she’d noticed a light from a closet while in the first-floor bathroom that day, looked closer and found the iPod recording her, he said.

The women used their own phones to capture the half-hour worth of recording made on the iPod of people using the bathroom — and of Morreale setting it up — and put it on a thumb drive, Valente said.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD

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