Gym employee charged with planting camera in tanning room

What to look for so strangers don't look at you

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - A Platte City man faces charges after prosecutors say he used a camera disguised as an alarm clock to spy on a woman undressing.

Platte County prosecutors charged 25-year-old Daniel Hoskins with a misdemeanor for invasion of privacy.

With technology available today, it’s easy to be recorded almost anywhere. Private Investigator Ron Rugen has cameras as small as a pin on a pair of glasses.

There are recording devices that look like a keychain that cost $30. Rugen even has a motion-activated camera inside a light switch.

As a private investigator, Rugen said he uses these devices often, but only when it’s legal.

“I can't videotape someone inside their home, inside their privacy where they have an expectation of privacy. But I can once they open that front door, as long as I'm not zooming into their house,” he said.

Platte County prosecutors said Hoskins crossed that line. Court records show Hoskins worked at Anytime Fitness and used a hidden camera inside the gym’s tanning room.

Rugen said these cameras are very difficult to detect, but the key is to be aware of your surroundings.

“If it just doesn't belong and it emits a little red dot, little diode, like where a camera might be next to it, you might be aware of that and check it out further,” Rugen said.

Hoskins could face up to a $1,000 fine, up to a year in jail or both.

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