Camera found in restroom at Littleton Elementary School in Morris County; teacher arrested

Littleton Elementary School in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Littleton Elementary School in Morris Plains, New Jersey. (4/21/17)

MORRIS COUNTY - A teacher at a Morris County elementary school has been fired following the discovery of a small recording camera in a faculty restroom, school officials said.

The camera was found Thursday at Littleton Elementary School.

In a letter, Parsippany-Troy Hills School District Interim Superintendent Lee Seitz assured parents that students were never at risk.

"Students do not utilize this restroom, and we do not have any information at this time that student privacy was compromised in any manner,” the letter stated.

The camera was immediately removed and handed over to police. Authorities said their investigation revealed that the camera was capturing footage of the toilet area and was placed there for an undetermined amount of time.

Seitz said a staff member was arrested in connection with the incident and has been banned from all district property.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department identified the staff member as Christopher Esnes, 40, of Gillette. Authorities said Esnes was employed as a teacher at the school.

Esnes was charged on a complaint-summons with invasion of privacy, a third degree crime, and released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

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