A swimming coach in Wisconsin has been charged with setting up a hidden camera inside an employee locker room, authorities said.
Jacob Masbruch, 21, was arrested Friday after a 17-year-old swim instructor at Swimtastic Swim School in Waukesha told police she found a cellphone hidden inside a tissue box on a shelf in the employee locker room, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The phone had been positioned toward the showers and changing area of the locker room, the girl told police.
Masbruch, of West Allis, overheard the girl report the incident to staffers and tried to insist that he smashed the device and shoved it down a locker room drain. He fled the swimming facility before later being arrested near his home, according to the complaint.
Authorities ultimately found videos on Masbruch’s phone depicting four different girls and women between the ages of 15 and 25. In all, he has been charged with five felony counts of capturing an intimate representation – with the fifth charge involving the 17-year-old who reported what she found, the newspaper reports.
Masbruch, who made his initial court appearance on Monday, had his bond set at $1,500. He’s expected to return to court on Friday.
Investigators have said the alleged recording took place only in areas limited to staffers.
“The Swimtastic staff has been very cooperative with this investigation,” Waukesha police Lt. Jerry Habenek told the Journal Sentinel. “It should be noted that the camera was only ever used in the employee changing room. This investigation is revealing that no clients of Swimtastic were the subject of this crime.”
If convicted, Masbruch faces up to 25 years in prison.
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