STARKE, Fla. -- A man accused of taping women without their knowledge while they were at his tanning salon is being held on bond following a hearing this morning.
Doyce Dean Griffis, 47, of Starke, was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Bradford County Jail for making, printing or publishing computer pornography and voyeurism.
He has not been formally charged but appeared in court this morning for a bond hearing. He is being represented by a public defender, according to State Attorney Office spokesman Spencer Mann.
His bond is now $200,000. Mann said the defense requested a $50,000 bond and the SAO wanted a $450,000 bond.
Griffis could face local or federal child pornography charges because the customers in some cases were so young, said Bradford County Sheriff's Office Capt. Brad Smith.
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.
Police said possibly hundreds of women may have been victimized. Bradford County Sheriff's Captain Brad Smith said so far 90 women have been identified from the boxes of video tapes confiscated from Griffis.
First Coast News ran into a woman who feared she was a victim about eight years ago. She said the blue barn where she went to tan a few times gave her "the creeps."
"We tried to inspect it. There was a mirror and a little fan," said a woman who did not want to be identified.
First Coast News ran into the woman at a gas station near the Griffis property. She said she stopped tanning at the Griffis property after having a "creepy encounter" when she brought along an unannounced friend.
"(My friend) didn't sign in and pay one day. The next time we went, he left a note saying, 'Next time you bring a friend, make sure she signs in.' That freaked us out because, 'How does he know we even brought someone?'"
Jeff Sellers of Starke got a weird feeling too about five years ago, every time he dropped off his then-girlfriend for a $2 tan.
"Right when I stepped in, just how compact it was and there was a mirror there. I said something is shady," said Sellers.
The Sheriff's Office said many of those victims didn't even know Griffis was on property when they tanned on property. Authorities say most let themselves in, signed in and paid on the honor system. However, the Bradford County Sheriff's Office said Griffis was there the whole time, watching from behind a two way mirror.
"I'd sit by on the weekends and wait for someone to come in," said Griffis during an interview with First Coast News on Wednesday.
He openly admitted to secretly filming young teens and women for about 10 years.
"They were just beautiful women," Griffis said as he sat in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.
However, he also admitted some were minors, as young as 13 years old. That is why authorities say he could be facing child pornography charges.
"It is a very devastating case for the entire community. We're still coming to grips with it," said Smith.
First Coast News