Charges to be filed in case of camera found in Franklin gym bathroom

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 17:54:55-05

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Franklin Police detectives have identified victims in the case of a camera placed in a restroom of a gym in Franklin and say charges will be filed.

Detectives reviewed the footage from a hidden GoPro camera found in the girls' changing room and restroom inside the Premier Athletics suite.

The videos showed 60 females, mostly minors. Detectives believe that the suspect had been intermittently staging the camera to capture video in the restroom since September.

Two of the 60 victims appear to have been partially undressed in the videos. Working with facility management, detectives have identified 47 of the 60 victims and are in the process of notifying their parents. Detectives are working to identify the remaining 13 victims.

There is no current evidence to suggest that other restrooms or private areas in the multi-tenant facility were compromised.

Detectives are also examining a variety of other evidence seized as part of the investigation and expect to file multiple charges. Once formally charged in this case, Franklin Police will identify the suspect, his charges, bond amount, and court date.

"The placement of a camera in such a private place is a violation of trust in its most extreme form," a Franklin PD press release stated. "This is terribly upsetting to parents and their children, and it is just as troubling to us. The Department is working diligently to safeguard sensitive images, to help victims and their families cope, and to prepare a solid criminal case for the courtroom."