Ex-Edwardsville cop sentenced for recording women at tanning salon

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 7:04 PM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A former southwestern Illinois police officer has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he illegally took cellphone videos of women at a tanning salon.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 47-year-old Michael Collins was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of unauthorized video recording. Prosecutors dropped two other counts.

Madison County prosecutors claimed Collins secretly recorded different women over a four-day period at a Glen Carbon tanning salon last April.

Collins had served 15 years with Edwardsville police and was the senior patrol officer before resigning just days after being charged.

Authorities say the case surfaced when a salon customer accused Collins of taking pictures over the wall from an adjacent room as she prepared to tan.

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