Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer, and Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins, announce that a Grand Jury has returned a 38-count indictment against Gregory R. Mahley, a 52-year-old West Deptford resident, for manufacturing and possessing images of child sexual abuse material.
The indictment stemmed from an investigation initiated by the Gloucester Township Police Department on September 9, 2020, after mirrors were discovered on the inside of stalls in the girls’ bathroom in a middle school. Mahley, an HVAC technician who had access to various areas of the school, including utility closets adjacent to the girls’ bathroom, is accused of peering at minor females through the vents while they used the bathroom stalls where the mirrors were affixed. From that vantage point, on September 9, 2020, the first full day of the school year , Mahley allegedly used a tablet to record videos of seven minor females between the ages of 12 and 13, and one teacher, while they used the restroom stalls. Mahley was later located by police inside the utility closet, where he was allegedly recording the videos, and was detained.
Gloucester Township Police Detectives worked with members of the CCPO Major Crimes Unit, and school personnel, to identify each victim and notify their parents.
Further investigation revealed that Mahley allegedly engaged in the same type of conduct in 2013 and 2014, in three high schools in Cape May and Gloucester Counties. A search of the various computers found in Mahley’s home uncovered multiple additional videos connected to those locations. Members of the Middle Township Police Department, the West Deptford Police Department, and the Harrison Township Police Department, along with detectives from the Cape May County and Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Offices worked carefully with school personnel to determine the identity of those additional 13 victims by identifying and locating the bathrooms depicted in each video.
In total, Detectives determined there were 20 victims between the ages of 12 and 17 and one adult victim.
Mahley is currently detained in the Camden County Jail pending trial. All matters were consolidated and venued in Camden County, where Mahley’s alleged conduct was most recent and initially discovered.
“Invasions of privacy such as this are unthinkable, particularly when it involves children,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “We are grateful for the collaboration between the Assistant Prosecutors and law enforcement officers from Camden County, Gloucester County, and Cape May County- all of whom worked tirelessly over a period of months to identify, locate, and notify each of the victims of these offenses.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.