Edwardsville officer charged with taking videos of women at tanning salon
By Belo Content KMOV
Michael Collins, 46, works as an Edwardsville, Illinois police officer and has been accused of secretly recording women at a tanning salon.
EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV.com) -- An Edwardsville police officer is accused of illegally making cell phone videos of women at a local tanning salon.
Michael Collins, 46, was charged with three counts of unauthorized video recording, a felony.
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.
Illinois State Police took over the case and are working with the FBI to retrieve all relevant photos from the phone. Authorities said they have identified at least three victims. Additional charges could be coming if more victims are identified.
Collins has been suspended by the Edwardsville Police Department. He had been working as a D.A.R.E. officer prior to his suspension. Collins has 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.