The latest reported incident of spying in the fitness industry occurred not in a health club, a YMCA or a university rec center but at a corporate fitness center.
Thomas John Herold, a 66-year-old former contract employee at 3M Co. in East Maplewood, MN, is accused of putting a camera in the women's locker room shower of 3M's fitness center, the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press reported last week.
Herold allegedly attached the camera to the bottom of a shower soap dispenser, the newspaper reported. An employee found the mini-pen camera in April 2012 and turned it over to company security, according to a criminal complaint reported by the newspaper. The camera reportedly was attached to a USB device that had been plugged into Herold's work computer, which also contained thousands of pornographic images, the newspaper reported.
Herold appeared in court last week and was charged with nine counts of gross misdemeanor interference with privacy, according to the Pioneer Press. A spokesperson for the company told the newspaper that Herold no longer works for 3M.