TRENTON, N.J. - A former New Jersey elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to recording boys with a hidden camera at a summer camp has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
State prosecutors said 40-year-old Thomas Guzzi Jr. will be ineligible for parole for a decade as part of his sentence Friday on convictions of official misconduct, manufacturing child pornography and distributing child pornography files.
The Pitman resident had taught fifth-grade at Winslow Elementary School in Vineland. He acknowledged having manufactured child pornography with video of teenage boys taken in restrooms during a 2015 Broadway Theatre of Pitman summer camp and also having taken a photo of a boy exposing his genitals.
Guzzi apologized before sentencing, calling his actions "absolutely inexcusable" and said he "desperately" wants help.