GREENSBURG (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County man is now headed to prison after pleading guilty to videotaping at least 70 women as they got undressed inside of a tanning salon.
The videos were then posted on the internet where they were discovered by the victims’ family and friends.
More than 40 victims along with about 25 family members packed into a courtroom for today’s sentencing at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.
It was an emotionally charged day. Some were in tears – others angry – as they sat in the same room as the man who violated them.
Macklin had something to say to the victims.
“That I’m sorry for my actions,” Macklin said. “… I feel horrible for what I’ve done.”
The apology came after Macklin was sentenced to seven to 20 years in prison.
Back in 2006, Macklin crawled into the ceiling at Sunkissed Tanning in East Huntingdon and videotaped dozens of women.
He then posted the videos on countless pornographic websites and in some cases identified the victims using photos on MySpace.
Because of the nature of the crime, KDKA is not identifying the victims. In court toda, five of the victims gave impact statements to the judge.
“I will never know when in public if people I see or know have seen these videos. And these videos are never going away,” one victim said.
Also taking the stand was Elizabeth Lodovico, the former owner of Tropics Tanning Salon in Export, who says she caught Macklin taping a woman in her salon nearly 10 years ago, but police never filed charges.
She says police encouraged her to let it go, that Macklin was leaving for the military and he was a young kid that made a mistake.
Lodovico said no further action was taken.
Hearing that Macklin had been caught videotaping women in the past was something heard for the first time today that shocked even the judge.
It has many now wondering if there could be even more unknowing victims across the county.