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Luke Patrick Gildea (Credit: Crystal Lake Police)

Luke Patrick Gildea (Credit: Crystal Lake Police)

UPDATED: 3/8/2013 – 11:16 a.m.

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CBS) – A 17-year-old boy accused of hiding a camera in the boys’ locker room at Crystal Lake Central High School was released on bail on Friday.

Luke Patrick Gildea, of Crystal Lake, has been charged as an adult with two felony counts of unauthorized video recording. CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports a McHenry County judge set his bond at $15,000 Friday morning, and he posted the required 10 percent bail to go free a couple hours later.

Neither Gildea nor this father spoke to reporters as they left the courthouse. Gildea covered his face with the hood of his sweatshirt.

Earlier, his father said Gildea is a good kid, but would not discuss the case.

Someone found a pinhole camera in the locker room on Thursday, and it was turned over to authorities. Police said the camera was not capable of sending out streaming images over a wireless device, and was only able to record video.

Prosecutors said they only have video from one specific incident.

“The allegation is that he put a camera in the boys’ locker room in an attempt to videotape other students in the high school,” Assistant McHenry county State’s Atty. Michael Combs said.

Police believe Gildea acted alone when he placed the camera in the locker room. According to the school’s athletic roster, Gildea – a junior – plays for the varsity football team.

He could face up to five years in prison if convicted, but prosecutors said that’s highly unlikely. Most likely, he’ll face probation.

Prosecutors would not comment on Gildea’s motive.

Officials said locker rooms and washrooms at all schools in District 155 were checked, but no other recording devices were found.

Gildea’s next court date is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Crystal Lake police and School District 155 were still investigating the incident, and further charges might be filed.

An email to parents was sent to parents about the incident:

“We are writing to inform you of an unfortunate incident that occurred at Crystal Lake Central High School today. A student discovered what appears to be a video recording device in a boys’ athletic locker room.

“We take incidents like this very seriously, and a full investigation was launched immediately by our school resource officer and other members of the Crystal Lake Police Department. We also immediately inspected every locker room and bathroom at Crystal Lake Central and the district’s other high schools. No other devices were found. The recording device has been turned over to law enforcement authorities.

“We are fully cooperating with the police investigation, and are very disappointed that someone would commit such an act. Pending the results of the police investigation, we will pursue criminal and disciplinary action to the full extent possible under the law and school policy.”