ANDOVER, Minn. - A Coon Rapids man is accused of shooting video of young males changing inside the locker room at a Twin Cities YMCA.
Anoka County Sheriff's spokesman Paul Sommer says authorities were tipped off to the suspect's activities on February 24 when a 12-year-old boy told his parents that a man had dangled a watch over the cubicle where he was changing clothes at the Andover YMCA.
"It's not as if he was standing there with a camcorder or a even a cell phone," Sommer said. "This is something he was doing very surreptitiously, so it helps that the complainant himself was suspicious of the activity and reported it and that staff followed up properly with law enforcement."
The incident was reported to YMCA staff who worked with law enforcement in using the club's video surveillance equipment to identify the 53-year-old man.
A search warrant was executed March 2 at the home the suspect shares with his parents. Investigators found a wristwatch with video and still camera capabilities, then obtained a search warrant to go through the suspect's computer. They discovered numerous files of young males in various states of undress from the Andover and Coon Rapids YMCA's, and one other unidentified athletic facility.
A significant quantity of child pornography was also found on the computer.
The man is currently being held at the Anoka County jail while prosecutors prepare charges.
On Monday, a YMCA offiical released a statement saying that they "take this very seriously" and that staff is working closely with law enforcement.
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