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February 15, 2013
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Salinas teacher pleads no contest

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A former youth choir teacher accused of secretly videotaping teenage girls during a weekend trip has pleaded no contest to criminal charges.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported ( ) that 26-year-old Aldrin Nicolas entered his plea Thursday in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

Nicolas is charged with three felony counts of creating child pornography, and two misdemeanors for unlawful invasion of the girls’ privacy and eavesdropping.

Nicolas taught with the San Jose-based Vivace Youth Chorus, and was with a group on a weekend trip at the Pajaro Dunes Vacation Rentals when prosecutors say he videotaped the victims, ages 13-17, getting undressed.

He was working as a choir teacher at Salinas High School when he was arrested.

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