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Cops: Man Peered into 14-Year-Old's Shower

New Providence man charged with invasion of privacy.

Police have arrested a man they say peered into showers at Lifetime Fitness in Florham Park to watch a 14-year-old boy.

Joseph Gallardi, 63, of New Providence, is charged with one count of fourth-degree invasion of privacy.

Florham Park Sgt. Christopher Core said in an affidavit on file with the Morris County court that a witness first came to police Sept. 12, to say Gallardi had followed a child into the shower and peered at him.

Police interviewed the child, a 14-year-old, and the child said that on Sept. 9, Gallardi followed him into the shower and took the stall next to his, according to the affidavit.

"[The child] indicated he was in the shower for a very short period of time, turned around, and saw the defendant starting at him through a crack between the shower door and the wall," the affidavit states.

The affidavit also cites the child saying he and Gallardi made eye contact, and he recognized Gallardi before Gallardi returned to his own stall.

As a condition of bail, Gallardi is not to be allowed unsupervised contact with any juvenile under 16 except for his own children.

(Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Lifetime Fitness is in East Hanover).

Troy A. Robinson September 19, 2011 at 12:06 AM
OMG... This is my gym! I am in there with my 10 year old all the time! So scary!
roger wantage nj September 22, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Yes so scary! Stop taking your 10-year old out into public where he or she can be seen by people with unknown intentions. You are a bad dad!
Troy A. Robinson September 22, 2011 at 09:18 PM
@Roger You're kidding- right? It's a HUGE private family gym. There are hundreds of families who are members of this gym! Are people who take their children to public or private pools and beaches bad parents? I cannot control people's intentions. I'd say a good father spends time with his children by taking them to the gym and pool. I'd say the villan is the guy peering into showers, not the parents or the kids!

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