Edwardsville
2:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Edwardsville police officer accused of making sneaky tanning salon videos

A southwestern Illinois police officer is suspended from his job and free on bond after being accused of illegally making cell phone videos of women at a tanning salon.

Prosecutors in Madison County charged 46-year-old Edwardsville police officer Michael Collins with three counts of unauthorized video recording. Each felony alleges he secretly recorded a different woman over a four-day period this month.

Authorities say the case surfaced last Tuesday, when Glen Carbon police were called to Image Sun Tanning Center after a female customer accused Collins of taking pictures over the wall from an adjacent room as she prepared to tan.

Illinois State Police are working with the FBI in the investigation.

Collins was a DARE officer in Edwardsville schools.

A message seeking comment was left Monday at Collins' home by the Associated Press.