Newport News Police investigate unlawful recordings in gyms and lounge

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 16:24:18-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News police says a suspect used a popular gym and local lounge to prey on unsuspecting victims for several months.

The Newport News Police Department is investigating someone recording customers without their knowledge inside the bathrooms at Triple Effectz Ultra Lounge and two separate Onelife Fitness locations— 651 Hogan Dr. (Tech Center), and at 815 City Center Blv. Police say the recordings allegedly took place inside the unisex bathrooms at Onelife fitness.

The incidents reportedly happened over an eight-month time frame from August 2019 to April 2020.

Over a dozen possible victims have reported come forward since police announced the investigation Friday, and police say more calls are coming in daily.

Police say they are using images from video evidence they collected to match those who come forward with victims on the recording.

Detectives have been investigating since June and say the suspect is known to police— charges are pending based on the number of victims who come forward.

In response to the alleged criminal activity, Onelife fitness says it is appalled by the allegations that a person from the general public may have threatened the safety of its members; however, They did not reveal what, if any, steps they have take to notify current and former members who may be victims.

News 3 contacted Triple Effectz Ultra Lounge and was unable reach anyone for comment.

If you feel you may have been victim to this offense during this time period, please call (757) 928–4291 to talk with an officer. Police said to leave a message if no one answers.