03/08/2013 12:23 pm ET Updated Mar 08, 2013

Luke Gildea Locker Room Camera: High Schooler Charged After Student Spots Hidden Peep Cam

A 17-year-old Crystal Lake Central High School student was in bond court early Friday following accusations he hid a pinhole camera in the boy's locker room.

Luke Patrick Gildea was charged Thursday with unauthorized video recording, a felony, reports the Tribune. Friday, the stakes went up for the teen after he appeared at the McHenry County Courthouse for his bond hearing where NBC Chicago reports Gildea was charged as an adult and held on $15,000 bond.

Police say a student discovered the camera around 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the Sun-Times. There were no wireless streaming capabilities in the stand-alone device, but prosecutors said Friday at least one subject had been filmed.

According to a WGN broadcast, one of the counts the teen faces is a Class 3 Felony, with police indicating the victim may be a minor.

After the camera was reported, school officials reportedly swept locker rooms to make sure no other devices had been stashed. It's unclear if the school's locker rooms are accessible to everyone or just student-athletes, though according to Gildea's public Facebook profile, he plays for the high school's football team.

ABC Chicago reports the school issued a statement reading, "This device was turned over to the Crystal Lake Police Department. This matter is currently under investigation. We will be using a forensic examiner to review any digital images.

If convicted, NBC reports Gildea could face two to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine, but would not have to register as a sex offender.



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