Women photographed while spray tanning

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is looking for possible victims of an alleged scheme to film and photograph women getting a spray tan without their knowledge.

The two alleged spas are in Newport News — Knots so Zen on Pilot House Road and A Polished Life on Thimble Shoals. Photos of nude women in connection with the alleged scheme were found during another investigation in the 1000 block of Rivers Arch in Carrollton. 

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Investigators interviewed the owners at Knot So Zen and are confident they had no knowledge that this was taking place at that business, as the suspect rented space there as an independent contractor, according to Lt. Tommy Potter.  

The victims responded to a Groupon and promotional flyers, said Potter. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

The scheme came to light in the midst of another investigation at the Rivers Arch residence, said Potter. 

The search warrant stemmed from evidence forwarded from Homeland Security Investigations and connected with an arrest earlier this year concerning child pornography, according to an affidavit provided by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office. 

Images on one of the seized cell phones revealed nude women that appeared to be getting a spray tan and did not appear to know they were being video recorded or photographed, according to the affidavit. 

One of the victims lives in Isle of Wight County. She told investigators she did not give permission for the video or photos, according to the affidavit. 

The seized cell phone also contained photos of women who appeared to be under the age of 18, according to the affidavit. 

So far, there have been no arrests made as the Sheriff’s Office needs to identify more victims to bring appropriate charges, according to Potter. 

Those with information about this case can call the Crime Line at 1-800-Lock-U-Up or the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office at 357-2151.  {/mprestriction}