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Charges dropped against Collegeville man accused of invasion of privacy

PERKIOMEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - All charges filed against a Collegeville man accused of filming girls in a locker room have been dropped by authorities.

Authorities originally accused John Joseph Lyons, Jr. of filming girls in a locker room with his cell phone at a swim meet at Perkiomen Valley High School on February 18.

However, it all turned out to be a huge misunderstanding, according to Lyon’s attorney, Gregory R. Gifford.

The misunderstanding happened because Lyons, while in a hallway outside the locker room, was using his phone to capture audio of what he thought was the Perkiomen Valley girls’ team pre-swim rally song. Lyons wanted to use the rally song in an end-of-the-year video, Gifford said.

However, it was actually another school’s team in the locker room.

A girl left the locker room, saw Lyons filming, and then reported the incident to her coach who then called state troopers.

When troopers spoke to Lyons he had already deleted the video due to poor quality so he wasn’t able to show them what he had actually filmed.

Charges were then filed about 10 days later.

Gifford says after the charges were filed, state troopers were asked to interview witnesses who had seen the video.

Those witnesses confirmed that the video was of cinder blocks, and the audio was of the song.

Shortly thereafter, the charges were dropped.

Gifford said he commends the investigators for making the right call and adds that the last month has been a nightmare for his client, who is held in high regard in the community.

When the charges were filed in late February, Lyons was suspended from his job, but will be returning to work now that his name has been cleared.


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