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Missouri tanning salon owner, Joseph Layland Jr., arrested for allegedly videotaping customers

Missouri Tanning Salon Owner Joseph Layland Jr. Charged with Child Pornography for Allegedly Recording Customers
Joseph Layland, Jr. CBS affiliate KFVS

(CBS/KFVS) MALDEN, Mo. - A 36-year-old tanning salon owner in Missouri is being charged with child pornography and invasion of privacy for videotaping unsuspecting customers as they tanned.

Malden police say Joseph Layland Jr., co-operator of DJ's Tan and Tone, faces 10 charges, including four counts of felony possession of child pornography, after police found surveillance video of customers in a tanning booth at his salon, as well as child porn, according to CBS affiliate KFVS.

According to probable cause records, an alleged victim noticed a small hole in the wall of the tanning salon and notified police.

Since then, numerous other women have come forward claiming they, too, were victims of the Tan and Tone scam, the station reported.

Krista Cullum, one of the alleged victims, says she feels betrayed and disgusted by Layland and his intrusive actions.

"Now looking back I should have known," Cullum told KFVS. "He would post things on Facebook like 'Your bed misses you.'

"It's disturbing," Dunklin County Prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff told the station. "I can't speak for the state in terms of how large this child porn case is, but it will be one of the biggest ever in the area."

Investigators seized 444 DVDs, more than 100 VHS tapes, and other items from Layland's home Monday morning.

Layland was taken to the Dunklin County jail on a $500,000 cash only bond.

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