Wisconsin Man Accused of Placing Covert Camera in Tanning Salon

Randy Schamberger Photo: Barron County Sheriff's Office
Randy Schamberger

May 25, 2018 04:33 PM

A Wisconsin man is accused of placing a hidden camera in a tanning booth and filming customers without their knowledge, according to a criminal complaint.

Forty-two-year-old Randy Schamberger is charged with one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy, seven felony counts of capturing an intimate representation without consent and two misdemeanor counts of attempting to capture an intimate representation without consent.

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According to the complaint, a woman contacted the Barron County Sheriff's Department April 10 to report a suspicious device she found at Sunshine Fitness and Tanning Salon at 1252 Second Avenue in Cumberland, Wisconsin.

The woman told police she was tanning at the salon when she noticed what she thought was a USB phone charger. She also told police she saw a similar device in the room about a month earlier.

She told police she took the device home, assuming another patron left it, and when she and her husband examined it, they found it was a digital video camera with a memory card inside.

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A few days later, an officer removed the memory card from the device and reviewed the contents. That officer found 67 video files showing people in various states of full or partial nudity inside the tanning room at Sunshine Fitness, most of them around three minutes in length, according to the complaint.

The officer noted the device appeared to be motion activated, since it stopped recording when the person was tanning.

The officer met with the owner of Sunshine Fitness, and after reviewing surveillance footage, the two determined a man, later identified as Schamberger, entered and used a tanning room April 4 at 8:51 p.m.

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The first video on the device's memory card is from 9:50 p.m. that day. Several more videos from that day and the next showed several woman and one man in various states of undress.

Schamberger would have needed a special fob to enter the tanning salon, according to the complaint, and investigation determined he used his wife's fob to gain access.

Investigators interviewed each of the victims identified on video, and each said they did not give anyone permission to film them while using the tanning room.

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Last week, investigators executed a search warrant at Schamberger's home, where they seized two iPads, several SD cards and other electronic devices and a USB charger.

Wednesday, police spoke to Schamberger. He turned his phone over to a detective and told the detective he used the phone to view pornography.

Investigators discovered the purchase of a spy camera -- the same style as the one found at the salon -- on Schamberger's Amazon account in October 2017.

According to the complaint, Schamberger told investigators he first placed the camera in the salon in March, then removed it and reinstalled it at least two more times. When he went to remove it the last time, the complaint states, it was gone.

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