A former southwestern Illinois police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of illegally taking cell phone videos of women at a tanning salon.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer reports 46-year-old Michael Collins entered his pleas this week to unauthorized video recording charges. Each is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Madison County prosecutors accused Collins last month of secretly recording different women over a four-day period at a Glen Carbon tanning salon.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds. Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent.
The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.