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Man Accused by Bradford County Sheriff's Office of Filming Naked Tanning Customers in Starke Tanning Salon

10:57 AM, Apr 28, 2011   |    comments
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- Police said possibly hundreds of women may have been victimized by a Starke man arrested for filming unknowing customers who came to tan naked in his  tanning salon.

Doyce Dean Griffis, 47, of Starke, is being held at the Bradford County Jail without bond on charges of making, printing or publishing computer pornography and voyeurism.  

Two women notified the Bradford County Sheriff's Office Tuesday about a private sun tanning business videotaping customers without their knowledge, the agency said in a statement.

According to BCSO, some of the victims may have been as young as 13, and that it likely will take months to complete the probe.

The woman who noticed the camera and reported Griffis said she "felt molested."

Griffis said Wednesday from jail that he felt he had done nothing wrong because he kept the tapes private. He also said since the women were "beautiful," he did not know why they would mind being taped.

The tanning business, operating since 2000, was in a barn at the suspect's home in the 2200 block of Southeast 128th Street in Starke.

According to a statement from BCSO, the suspect confessed to filming customers who undressed before tanning.

A two-way mirror, laptop computer, four containers of VHS tapes, 30 8 mm cassettes, 41 DVDs and two memory cards were seized as evidence.  

Detectives are trying to determine who the people are in the tapes.

Anyone who thinks they may be on the tapes, should call (904)966-6304 or e-mail Detective Sgt. Mueller at kevin_mueller @bradfordsheriff.org. 

 

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