MALDEN, MO (KFVS) - Victims taped while tanning are speaking out after learning the tanning salon owner they once trusted pleaded guilty to secretly filming dozens of women.
Joseph Layland will spend 14-years behind bars. Something his victims say begins to make up for the emotional pain of being spied on.
"I just feel violated," said Stacey.
We agreed not to show her face, yet police say she is the hero for dozens of women and teenagers like her.
"I was sitting in the bed thinking something is not right here, so I got out of bed," remembers Stacey.
Back in February of 2011, Stacey's good eye spotted the hidden eyes of Joseph Layland, co-owner of DJs Tan and Tone.
"I noticed a hole in the wall at the foot of the bed," said Stacey.
Inside a room police say Layland only let certain women tan in, Stacey found a hole with a camera behind it. She couldn't believe it.
"I just thought, what do I do, where do I go, who do I tell," said Stacey. "I knew I had to do something because so many women and younger girls tan there."
Stacey went straight to the police, and less than 24-hours later, authorities shut the place down. After that they set to work contacting dozens, if not hundreds of potential victims.
"Some of the comments he would say would make me think I should know he wasn't my friend," said Angela, another victim we agreed to not identify.
"He would make nasty comments, just nasty," said Angela. "When he would do that, I would get suspicious."
The case hit home for nearly everyone in the small community.
"My wife was on that list," said Police Chief Jarrett Bullock. "Not everyone on the list was a victim or had been taped. It was a case where we wanted to let the community know we would go above and beyond as always but we wanted to protect integrity too."
In fact, potential victims gathered at several meetings in 2011 to vent and discuss the case.
"They made us feel like our feelings mattered," said Stacey.
Authorities say they were not surprised Layland pleaded guilty to child pornography and invasion of privacy charges with hours of video and more than 1,000 internet downloads stacked against him.
"No one should have to go through this," said Angela.
Layland got a 14-year sentence, but prosecutors say more charges could come. Dunklin County prosecutors say they turned over quite a bit of evidence to the U.S. Attorney's office to consider additional federal charges.
What's more, he says victims can also rest easy because they believe Layland did not sell or post any of the material.
"Our cyber investigators have the tools to trace those kinds of acts and we do not believe any of the videos had been uploaded," said Sokoloff.
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