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A Utah gymnastics studio has been accused of hiding cameras in its bathroom to record children and adults, according to police.
The owner of the studio, Christopher Lee Barlow, was arrested on February 11th on suspicion of voyeurism, a third-degree felony, after the owner of a neighboring business found a hidden camera in the studio’s bathroom.
Police searched the studio and found several other hidden cameras, including one in the bathroom. According to arrest documents, the cameras were strategically placed to capture images of children and adults.
The cameras were connected to a computer and a storage device, which contained images of people in various stages of undress. Barlow allegedly admitted to using the cameras to record people in the bathroom.
Barlow has been booked into the Utah County Jail and is currently facing charges of voyeurism. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 6th.
The case has sparked outrage in the community, with many expressing shock and dismay at the fact that Barlow had allegedly been using the studio’s bathroom to record people.
“This is a major violation of trust,” said one parent. “We send our kids to this studio for gymnastics, and we never expected something like this to happen.”
The studio has since been shut down and the equipment confiscated. Barlow is currently being held without bail and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
The incident has raised questions about the safety of children in gymnastics studios, and the need for better safety protocols.
The Utah gymnastics studio is not the first to face allegations of voyeurism. In 2016, a similar incident occurred at a Wisconsin gymnastics studio, where a hidden camera was found in the bathroom. The incident resulted in the arrest of the studio’s owner.
It is unclear at this time how many people may have been recorded by Barlow. The investigation is ongoing.