Trial Set for Man Accused of Hiding Video Camera in Planet Fitness Tanning Room


Trent Hamer, accused of hiding a video camera in the tanning room of a Planet Fitness in Moline, IL, is scheduled to stand trial on June 29, according to a report in the Quad-City Times.

A Planet Fitness employee found a camera in the tanning room of the facility on Nov. 5, and a second camera was found at the club the next day, according to a report from WQAD-TV. Hamer was subsequently charged with felony unauthorized videotaping. He was a member of the gym at the time, but after the arrest, his membership was terminated.

Hamer appeared in court yesterday and waived his right to a jury trial, which means he will receive a bench trial in which the judge will make a ruling on his guilt or innocence. Images of at least one adult woman and one adult man were recorded on the video, according to the Quad-City Times article.

A few days after the arrest, Mary Barnhill, one of the people captured on the video, filed a class-action lawsuit in Rock Island (IL) County Circuit Court against Planet Fitness and the franchisee of the facility, MBM Fitness Management LLC of Illinois.

The lawsuit contends that Planet Fitness did not take steps to ensure the privacy of members and did not notify members that a camera had been found until two days after it had been discovered. On May 29, the court will hear a motion to dismiss this lawsuit, according to the newspaper. 

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