A Biddeford man who is accused of hanging a hidden camera in a tanning booth at the business where he worked has been indicted on 32 charges including sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.
Joseph A. Flister, 35, was arrested in February after the camera found at the fitness center in Biddeford led police to investigate his activities, both at work and outside. Flister has remained in the York County Jail in Alfred since then.
The indictment, announced Monday, came after the York County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury this month.
The 32 charges against Flister include five Class A felony counts of gross sexual assault on a child 14 or younger, 10 Class B felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual touching of a child 14 or younger, and 16 misdemeanor counts of violation of privacy by installing a recording device in a private place.
Prosecutors allege that Flister committed the sex crimes and some of the privacy violations in 2012. He is accused of committing privacy violations in connection with the tanning booth from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23 this year, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The most serious charges against Flister are punishable by as much as 30 years in prison.
The case started with a call from a female employee at the fitness center, who reported in January that she had found what she thought was a hidden camera in a private room with a tanning booth. Police found what appeared to be a key fob hanging from the wall near the ceiling.
The woman said she was suspicious of Flister, a co-worker, and told him a day earlier that she would be tanning after work, as she usually did. She checked the room before she told him, then found the fob hanging from the wall when she returned to the room, police said.
She then told him that she was too tired to tan that day. The next day, she again told him that she planned to tan after work, she told police, and he said he had to clean the room first. When she checked the room, the fob was there again, police said.
Flister was fired that night.
On Jan. 24, police determined that the fob was a miniature recorder and saw Flister activating it because his reflection was visible in a mirror that was recorded by the device. Police got a search warrant and seized computers and recording devices from his house at 27 Emery St. in Biddeford.
Police said last month that there is no evidence Flister recorded anyone in the tanning booth.
Police say they seized recordings of Flister’s alleged sexual interaction with the 14-year-old girl in 2012 and of other people having sex, which he apparently recorded with hidden cameras.
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