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Man Arrested After Taking Photos Of Women At Martinsville Tanning Beds

Last updated on Friday, April 26, 2013

(PLAINFIELD) - Plainfield police say a man secretly photographed women inside a shopping mall dressing room and tanning salons in Hendricks and Morgan Counties.

Investigators are searching for more victims after they caught an alleged peeping Tom at Victoria's Secret and confiscated his phone. A 23-year-old woman was in the dressing room at the Victoria's Secret at Metropolis Mall when she saw a hand holding a phone under the door.

The woman finished dressing and then confronted the man, who denied the allegations.

Plainfield police found out differently when they examined 34-year-old Christopher Simmons' phone.

"We found photos that were taken at Victoria's Secret that day. I also found photos that were taken at different tanning beds. One in Plainfield and some in Martinsville, we believe, and also some child pornography was on the phone as well," explained Plainfield Police Patrolman Todd Knowles.

Police tracked down a second alleged victim from a Plainfield Tan and Laundry.

What about the children investigators said they found in pornographic images on Simmons' phone? Who were they? What about the other women investigators believed Simmons also photographed at a Martinsville tanning salon?

"We basically looked at a log of different clients that we had come through to narrow down the realm of possibilities," explained Sol Spa Tanning Salon owner Jeff Mills.

Mills says he's been helping Martinsville police track down alleged victims at his tanning salon. Mills said Simmons had come into his salon at least once with his wife.

The Martinsville investigation is not complete, but it's in the works, in part, thanks to one woman, who took a stand when she realized someone had just taken her picture in a dressing room.

Plainfield police said they're working with the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to analyze the images of children they said were found on Simmons' phone, along with his home computers.

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