Man Charged With Recording Women At Tanning Salon

JEANNETTE (KDKA) — Police have charged a Jeannette man with taking roughly 100 videos of women undressing in a local tanning salon.

The videos were made in mid-to-late 2006 at the Sunkissed Tanning Salon in East Huntingdon, Westmoreland County.

Police say 28-year-old Jesse Macklin first scoped the place out as a customer, then went back and broke in through a vacant business in the strip mall. He climbed into the ceiling and used a catwalk to maneuver to an area above the salon.

Police say he would spend up to 10 hours a day recording videos of women through three holes in the ceiling. The videos were hand shot and even zoomed in on various parts of the women’s bodies. Police say Macklin would take snacks and water with him for his extended time in the ceiling. He did this on six different occasions.

Seventy-three women are believed to have been videotaped in all. Forty have been identified. Twenty were juveniles at the time of the incident. Thirty-three women have not yet been identified.

The videos were posted on five to 10 pornographic websites. Police believe most if not all of the videos have been removed.

The investigation was launched in 2007 after video of a Mount Pleasant High School student was discovered online and distributed among her classmates. It wasn’t until recently that police realized the magnitude of the case and were able to file charges.

Macklin now faces more than 200 counts of different charges. There are 11 charges in all, including burglary and sexual abuse of children.

Fifteen women have already joined a civil lawsuit against the salon. More are expected to join that suit by the end of this week.

Macklin is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail on $50,000 bond.

If you tanned at the Sunkissed Tanning Salon in mid-to-late 2006 and believe you may have been a victim, you should contact state police in Greensburg.

  • James

    If this pervert isn’t associated with the store, why is the store being sued? I say send this guy to jail and let his new ‘friends’ take videos of him.

    • Bob

      I agree James, it sounds as if the tanning salon is just as much a victim as the women. Is it their fault he was able to break in to a vacant business next door and access the crawlspace above the ceiling? While I agree the women were violated that doesn’t mean its payday!

      • Yup

        I agree with both of you, the women are just trying to get some money out of it. No, I would not like to be taped either, but there is nothing saying the salon ALLOWED this. What business would go search their ceiling on a regular basis? Not their fault, sue the guy or maybe just testify and make sure he goes to jail instead of trying to get paid. Money won’t help anything, especially if it has to be split up between 15+ people.

  • Mr. HandyCam

    You have to admire the guys tenacity.

    And thanks, Bob and James, for your concern about the salon and these poor, poor victims.

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    • Yup

      Now now, the coffee lid didn’t SAY it was hot so how would she know? It’s a good thing that woman sued for thousands of dollars, or else someone else would receive a hot coffee, not know it was hot because the lid wouldn’t say so, then burn themselves too! That woman saved us all!



    I am sure stuff like this happens ALL THE TIME! Dressing rooms, bathrooms, tanning salons, doctors offices.

  • shizzel

    The salon is being sued because they knew about the video taping years ago never tried to investigate it, never did anything to make it right, not even so much as an apology. People may just “be sue happy” but I know a few of these girls personally and they have haunting naked videos of themselves all over the web for like five years! The owners of the salon should be ashamed of themselves for not ensuring the safety of the customers. And this idiot should also be ashamed because he’s so disgusting and pathetic.

    • Yup

      And you have this information from….where? No reports say the salon knew, are the girls you know making mountains out of molehills?

  • dave

    hell may as well sue the company that made his camera too,after all it shot the pics.
    thats whats wrong with this world. lawyers have all the money

  • you idiots

    Listen everyone except shizzel, you people are all idiots. If that was your wife on them cameras you would think different about “sue happy.” You have no idea what them girls had to go thru esp now more then ever with a the publicity and everything its getting now. You all sound like you want to be in there with him. There is only 11 girls feeling “sue happy” so out of 250 girls or more there is only 11 suing for money, so maybe you should get off the porn and get respect for people.

  • shizzel

    Yea mid as well!! Thanks “you idiots” if that was your wife or girlfriend or little girl.. I would like to hear you all say the non sense. Clearly none of you have ever been in a position where your self respect, your trust, and privacy has been violated so terribly. Your ignorance is a sad thing and god forbid anything like this should happen to anyone you know or love…

    • Yup

      I don’t really think MONEY would make me feel better though? No matter how much you gave me, my video would have been out there for the world to see no matter what. Just knowing that creep was behind bars would be all that could make me feel an ounce better. Also, as Bob stated, it’s not the salon’s fault! Those women won’t win if they try to sue, the salon didn’t know?

  • concerned

    Shizzel, I understand that this is a horrible experience for the girls/woman involved, and if the salon knew about it and did nothing, then yes they are partitially responsible, however, a business that knows nothing of these things going on cannot be held liable.
    You sound like a parent (if not imagine you are), what if a friend of your child’s spent the night at your house and a peeping tom made a video of that child through a bathroom/bedroom window, obviously without your knowledge. Would you agree then that a law suit was in order? You had no knowledge or connection to it and it could just as easily have been your child but because it was at your home should you be held responsible? And if so, in that case if it were your child, should you be held to charges for neglect? Afterall, if your responsible because it was someone elses child, why not be responsible if it happens your own? Just because something horrible happens doesn’t ALWAYS mean that a lawsuit can/should be filed is the point I believe is trying to be made, and with the information given in the article alone, it doesn’t appear that the salon had any reason to be sued.
    I do not believe that anyone who has made a comment is attempting to say that the girls/ woman in this video have not been violated in a terrible and extremely difficult way to recover from. I think we all agree that it is a tragedy and hope for nothing but the best of a recovery from this incident for those affected, girls/woman and their family and friends alike. I for one will be keeping them in my prayers and hope that ANYONE responsible for the act OR for helping to cover up/keep it quiet (if that was the case) will be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law.

  • Salem graduate

    L o L

  • Richie

    My wife is one of the women who were filmed and now has her nude video on literally hundreds upon hundreds of websites. While I definitely understand your feelings behind people being “sue happy”, I couldn’t agree more with you all in that respect, I can assure you that none of the girls involved that *I* know personally are sue happy in the least. My wife included as neither of us have ever even had a slight thought about EVER suing someone for anything.

    Unfortunately, the media is doing a very poor job at educating the public on *exactly* what went on. The public only knows a very small fraction of the details. I’m not sure why this is; I don’t know if it’s a matter of the state police and FBI requesting it to be that way or if they purposely haven’t released the information, I don’t know. But I can assure you whole-heartedly that the situation is so much more repulsive and disturbing than the public can imagine.

    No matter what your feelings are about suing in general or the lawsuits in this situation specifically, surely there has to be a better way to express opinions than by putting these girls down and labeling them as “sue happy” or “money hungry”. As someone who is directly involved in this, I can say that after attorney fees and taxes, these girls aren’t getting much of anything at all – and, of course, that is only if they win.

    For these ladies (again, at least the ones that I know personally, I can’t speak for every one of them), it’s not about the money. It’s about public awareness, a company being made responsible for many moral and business infractions on their end, and to feel like there is some small sense of control over what is happening to them.

    • Bob

      Ashley, with your attitude you lost whatever sympathy I might have had for you. As far as the comments are concerned until free speech is abolished you will have to deal with it, As far as the salon owner being liable I don’t know any business owner that checks their coiling daily for pin hole cameras but if you personally know spiderman maybe you could refer him to the salon owner for a job crawling around her coiling looking for pinholes. As far as you being the only one who knows the truth then why don’t you enlighten us oh omnipotent one. Perhaps while you are at it you could take over the police investigation. From the way you sound the only thing you know is whatever your ambulance chasing lawyer told you.Maybe the salon should hire a security guard to crawl around the rafters all day but make sure you gouge his eyes out first because he might peek. Why can’t you blame the pervert for his own actions or isn’t his wallet fat enough for you to blame him!

    • Richie

      Bob and Concerned, thanks so much for your sympathies, thoughts and prayers. It’s very kind of you both and is greatly appreciated.

      Bob, you asked if there is something I can share that the media didn’t. Well, yes, a lot – but, I don’t think it’s my place to do so since the police/FBI/whomever haven’t already done so for one reason or another.

      But, I can say that I don’t personally feel that the salon owner herself had anything to do with this as far as “permitting” Jesse to do it. At least I surely hope not. I can’t say the same for any employees or associates though as the police are still on the fence about that possibility and are continuing to investigate it. There are a few details that the public aren’t aware of that makes it really very hard to believe that no one at the salon or associated with the salon didn’t know this guy. But only time well tell…or at least I hope so. Who knows, we may never actually get to the bottom of this.

      I can also say that knowing the full and complete details would make any sane person, I believe, agree that a lawsuit is more than warranted. Also knowing the details, I believe that just more than the salon should be held accountable – I believe that other folks should be as well – but, again, time will tell how things pan out.

      For the sake of the girls’ privacy though, I do hope that the media gets bored with this story rather quickly.

    • Bob

      Richie, I am sorry for you wife but I just don’t see any reason anyone should sue the salon. While I can believe that the media isn’t telling “exactly” what went on I just don’t see any plus side for the salon by permitting this to happen.From what the story states the creep had no connection to the salon so why would the salon owner permit him to do this and risk his business for no gain. Is there something you can tell us that the media didn’t?

    • concerned

      My thoughts and prayers are with you all and again I hope that ALL involved are punished as much as they can be and that all who were affected and their families can get some type of closure and possible begin a healing process as quickly as possible as I am assuming this has been going on for sometime.
      god bless and good luck!

  • Wiggles

    What did he try to do? Contact who he videoed through facebook or whatever?

  • TeddyV

    Macklin is a veteran, leniency should be given where leniency is due…

  • Husband of a victim

    I am sorry, but these videos ARE NOT removed!!! I could understand that they are trying to keep the public from finding these videos, but I think it should be known that these videos have spread to multiple websites that were not recently found. For the other victims, I have sent those websites to Mark Brooks so that you can have them removed.
    BTW to this sue conversation…Does stuff like this happen all the time? Yes. Can it be helped? Actually, YES. the business was negligent and didn’t exam the premises to see if there were modifications…this is a place where people go and more than likely are removing their clothes and I think ADDITIONAL measures should have been taken to prevent ANYTHING like this. I agree, it wasn’t their fault that this guy did this and that he broke in next door, but it didn’t just happen once…it happened several times and I think that measures could have been taken where the venting could have been placed differently and instead of drop down ceiling, maybe drywall so that there was no chance of any light escaping the room. This suit needs to go forward so that companies can take lesson and make the necessary changes. This is a sick world we live in and you know what, small businesses are hurting now, but, that doesn’t excuse them from what has happened. Sure they didn’t know, but if there were inspections done frequently, someone could have caught this.

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