Michael Reynolds could face jail time if convicted of recording a female model who found a camera device in the change room
A Toronto man faces voyeurism charges after a model allegedly found a camera in the changing room of a gym he was cleaning.
A police officer noticed what appeared to be a camera lens sticking out of the back of an apartment in the Greater Toronto Area on 1 December, the Toronto Sun reported.
The officer called Toronto police, who contacted Toronto city officials, who on 30 January uncovered the hidden camera, reported Toronto Sun.
Sergeant Tim Burrows told the Toronto Sun that the incident had shocked the department.
“Our concern is we’re concerned about what [the victim] was able to detect. It makes it even more difficult to identify people by other means than potentially something like this,” Burrows said.
But according to an officer investigating the case, the camera, which had been recording for a month, was found in the changing room, not in an unrelated room used by children, reported BuzzFeed Canada.
Michael Reynolds, 51, has been charged with voyeurism and possession of child pornography and was in custody on Friday.
According to the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Reynolds has been a gym cleaner at ReVision Fitness in Toronto since May 2016, working at the gym three to four days a week.
ReVision Fitness tweeted about the incident on Friday, expressing its concern.
“ReVision Fitness is aware of the investigation into our changing room; a member has been arrested. We wish to emphasize the safety and security of our members and all customers of our changing rooms is of the utmost importance to us,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed Canada.
ReVision Fitness did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Reynolds, who has no prior criminal record, could face three years in prison or community service if found guilty, said Burrows.
Toronto police told BuzzFeed Canada that they were not aware of any other victims of the camera, but investigations are ongoing.