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Ex-teacher, trainer secretly recorded nude athletes with pen camera


ST. IGNACE, MI – A high-school athletic trainer admitted he used a pen camera to surreptitiously record nude videos of football players and wrestlers in the locker room.

Thomas Hamel, 66, who retired as a teacher at St. Ignace High School in 2009, volunteered as a trainer the next four years and secretly videotaped young athletes – both at the middle school and high school.

The government said he recorded athletes from 2007 to 2012.

Hamel pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 1, to sexual exploitation of a minor. He faces at least 15 years, and up to 30, in prison when sentenced May 29 in U.S. District Court in Marquette.

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