Tanning salon worker denies videotaping
BARNSTABLE, Feb 26, 2013 (Cape Cod Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Mashpee man is free on bail after being arraigned Monday in Barnstable District Court on charges that he videotaped a naked woman in the Hyannis tanning salon where he worked.
Luis C. Macedo, 47, pleaded not guilty to two counts of videotaping a nude person and was released on $1,000 bail with conditions that he not contact the victim and that he surrender his passport.
The charges stem from an incident during the weekend in which a 29-year-old woman told police she thought she'd been videorecorded while at the Sunsational Tanning Salon on Enterprise Road in Hyannis.
The victim told police she went to tan at the salon Friday and Macedo, the only employee there, led her to a specific bed. Inside she saw a "small black rectangular camera the size of a business card, with a raised, round lens," according to a police report on the incident.
"I tried to cover it with my foot," she told police. "Then I looked again and it was still there. I stared right into it. Then I got out and got dressed before my time was up."
The victim considered confronting Macedo but decided against it because they were alone in the salon. She later told police she "felt violated," according to the report.
She returned the next day to photograph the camera with her cellphone. Macedo was working again and when the victim asked for the same booth, he responded, "Oh, you like it hot, huh " according to the report.
Police set up undercover surveillance of the salon Saturday and an officer reportedly observed Macedo holding a cellphone up to the wall of an occupied tanning bed room. The officer went into the salon and confronted Macedo, saying he wanted to talk about videotaping, according to the report.
After the officer asked Macedo if he'd used his cellphone to photograph women in one of the tanning beds, Macedo put his hands on his head and said, "Oh stupid, stupid, stupid, I did a stupid thing," according to the report.
The officer then asked Macedo how he had filmed the room with the tanning bed and Macedo led him to a small window on the room that was blocked out. The window was covered by two pieces of paper, but underneath, a portion of the light-blocking coating had been scraped off, allowing someone to look through, according to the report.
Police later found 21 videos on Macedo's phone and expect additional charges if more victims come forward. Anyone with concerns is asked to call Detective John York at 508-775-0387.
Macedo is scheduled for a pretrial hearing March 20.
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