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Man accused of taping women at salon now faces child porn charges

A 29-year-old man from suburban Pittsburgh who has been charged with videotaping women in a tanning salon without their knowledge is facing additional charges of possession of child pornography following the seizure of laptop computers found at his home. He was arrested in connection with the child pornography charges on Sept. 20. The man was already in custody awaiting trial on charges related to his alleged voyeurism.

The earlier charges claim the man, a resident of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, used a small hole in the ceiling of Sunkissed Tanning and Spa, a salon in East Huntingdon and a video camera to secretly tape women as they took their clothes off to use the tanning machines. The man allegedly uploaded the videos to voyeurism websites. He was arrested on 242 counts of child pornography, sexual abuse of children and selling sexual materials, as well as burglary charges. He is currently being held in Westmoreland County Prison. Trial on those charges is scheduled to begin Oct. 31.

The defendant also faces at least 30 lawsuits from spa patrons who say they were videotaped. The spa owner has also been sued, though she denies knowing anything about the alleged tapings.

On Feb. 24, police conducted a search of the defendant's home and vehicle. They seized several items, including two laptop computers. They conducted examinations on the computers and allegedly found videos and still pictures of female juveniles engaged in sex acts. He was formally arraigned on charges related to those alleged materials on Sept. 21. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 29.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Suspect in tanning salon crime charged with having child porn," Paul Paterra, Sept. 28, 2011

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