Edwardsville officer resigns after allegedly taking videos of women at tanning salon

Edwardsville officer resigns after allegedly taking videos of women at tanning salon

Edwardsville officer resigns after allegedly taking videos of women at tanning salon

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 4:36 PM

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV.com) -- An Edwardsville police officer has resigned after being accused of illegally making cell phone videos of women at a local tanning salon.

Michael Collins, 46, had been charged with three counts of unauthorized video recording, a felony.  Authorities said they have identified at least three victims.  Additional charges could be coming if more victims are identified.

According to the probable cause statement, officers were called to the Image Sun Tanning Center around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday after a customer accused Collins, who was in the next room, of taking pictures over the wall while she got ready to tan.  Police said officers confiscated Collins’ cell phone at the scene.

Collins had been suspended by the Edwardsville Police Department before resigning effective immediately on Wednesday.  He had been working as a D.A.R.E. officer prior to his suspension.  Collins had an “unblemished performance record, according to his file,” Edwardsville City Administrator Ben Dickmann said in a statement Monday.

He was released on his own recognizance after posting $10,000 bond.

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