Rec Center filmer breaks policy, not law
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
A man was caught filming women working out at the Fruita Community Center, located at 324 N. Coulson Street, Oct. 15. The man was not charged with any crime because it is not illegal to film individuals in a public place.
However, the man has broken Rec Center policy which states, “The use of cameras, video taping and or the use of cellular phone cameras are prohibited past the front desk unless otherwise approved by the facility manager.”
According to Rob Cook, Fruita Community Center Facility Manager, the individual entered the Rec Center with the camera hidden, possibly in a sweatshirt pocket. The man began filming women upstairs. The women noticed they were being filmed and reported the man, at which point, the Fruita Community Center contacted police.
“We understand there is nothing illegal about video taping a person in a public place, but since he went against our policy, we’ve asked him not to come back to the facility indefinitely,” Cook said.
The individual has been given a trespass warning and if he does try to enter the Rec Center, authorities will be contacted.
“We manage this place on three principles: safety, cleanliness, and customer service. Making sure our patrons are safe and comfortable here is our priority,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Ture Nicom. “We have steps in place to deal with these types of situations, so we implemented those steps and took care of the problem.”