Man accused of using wrist-cam to videotape boys at YMCA


A 53-year-old Coon Rapids man is accused of shooting video of male youths with a wrist-mounted camera in a locker room at a north metro YMCA.

Last month, a 12-year-old at the Andover YMCA told his parents that a man had held a watch over the side of a cubicle where the boy was changing clothes, the Pioneer Press reported.

The parents told YMCA staff, who told local law enforcement officials, who used video surveillance equipment to identify the 53-year-old, KARE 11 reported.

Police said the man lives with his parents, and investigators who searched the home Saturday found the watch and a computer. On the computer, they found images of several young boys changing clothes at the YMCA facilities in Andover and Coon Rapids, WCCO reported. They also found other child pornography on the computer, WCCO reported.

Investigators are searching at least 150 suspected files on the man’s computer, Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sherrif’s Office told the Star Tribune. “We anticipate many victims, although they are most likely unaware they have been victimized,” he told the newspaper.

The man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of interference with privacy and possession of child pornography and was being held in the Anoka County Jail, WCCO reported. Formal charges have not been filed but are expected by Tuesday, FOX 9 reported.

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