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Tanning Bed Operator Doyce Dean Griffis indicted on Child Porn Charges

10:05 PM, Sep 29, 2011   |    comments
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- A man accused of watching and video taping clients while they were tanning in a business he ran out of a barn has been indicted.

Doyce Dean Griffis, 48, of Starke, was arrested in April and indicted today by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville on child pornography charges, United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced.

Griffis is charged with seven counts of production of child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

He remains in custody of the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, which investigated Griffis.

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According to a statement from the State's Attorney's Office "unbeknownst to his customers, the (tanning) room had been equipped by Griffis with a two-way mirror that allowed him
to view the room from a second concealed room. Griffis also made a hole in an air vent near the foot of the tanning bed that allowed him to view the customers as they lay inside
the tanning bed."

Griffis is accused of making video recordings of dozens of female customers, including minors, the statement said.

Two women notified the BCSO in April about customers being videotaped without their knowledge, according to the sheriff's office.

Some of the victims may have been as young as 13, and that it likely will take months to complete the probe, the BCSO said at the time. The woman who noticed the camera and reported Griffis said she "felt molested."

Griffis said just after his arrest 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.

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