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Teacher Suspected of Making Porn at Pajaro Dunes With 'Spy Pen'

The 26-year-old was arrested following an investigation that he made inappropriate recordings of female students.

A young choir instructor allegedly used a "spy pen" to record images of teenage girls undressing in a hotel bathroom during a weekend trip, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.

Aldrin Jayson "A.J." Nicolas, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of producing child pornography, according to Santa Cruz Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland.

Nicolas is a teacher at Vivace Youth Chorus, a well-regarded Silicon Valley choral program for children ages 4-18.

Members of the Vivace Youth Chorus was staying in vacation rentals at Pajaro Dunes, a beach-side resort west of Watsonville, from March 16-18, according to the Sheriff's Office.

During that time, Nicolas allegedly put a camera, which deputies described as a "spy pen," to produce videos of girls ages 13-17 undressing. The girls found the pen, who turned it over to other adults in the program. The adults notified the Sheriff's Office.

"They found this pen in the bathroom and they didn't know who did it," Skalland said, adding that Nicolas was cooperative when investigators approached him.

He was arrested Tuesday.

Nicolas has been suspended from his job with Vivace. He also taught choir at Salinas High School, but has been placed on administrative leave by the school district. Deputies said there is no evidence at this time that there are any victims at the high school.

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