Police investigating hidden camera at Waukesha swim school

CREATED Oct. 4, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 4, 2013

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  • A part-time swim instructor is accused of setting up a hidden camera and capturing images of his teenage coworkers in a changing room. Video by wtmj.com

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WAUKESHA - A part-time swim instructor is accused of setting up a hidden camera and capturing images of his teenage coworkers in a changing room.

34-year-old Michael Coyle appeared in Waukesha County Intake Court Friday in an orange jail jumpsuit. His mother looked on, taking notes, as the attorneys in the room spoke. Coyle did not speak, and his mother refused to comment afterward.
 
Waukesha police say they were notified by Coyle's wife who told them she discovered videos when she was going through her husband's belongings.
 
One of the girls on the tape is 16 years old, the other is 18 years old.
 
"You know, 16 year olds, 18 year olds are right in that range where you go, ok, is he looking at somebody younger or is there more going on here and we need to dig and keep finding out?" questioned Captain Ron Oremus with the Waukesha Police Department.
 
For the last eight years, Coyle has taught children, ages eight to ten, how to swim at Swimtastic school in Waukesha.  He is a full time engineer at a company, also in Waukesha. He lives and has family in Waukesha, and was deemed a low flight risk, so his bond was ordered at $2,000 cash; which he expected to post Friday afternoon.
 
Police say although the case is in the court system now, their investigation is continuing. They plan to look over all of his cell phones, computers and cameras.  At this point,  police say there is no indication that Coyle had any inappropriate contact with children, nor do they believe he captured any inappropriate videos of the children that he taught at Swimtastic. Parents of his students have been contacted and the owners of Swimtastic are fully cooperating with the investigation.  
 
Barrett Wainscott of Swimtastic tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that Coyle has been suspended without pay while the case goes through the court system. Wainscott says their biggest concern is the safety of the children and of the employees and he calls the case "disturbing."
 
According to the criminal complaint, Coyle can be seen setting up the camera in a vent of an employees bathroom, then walking away and returning some time later.
 
"Just the idea of someone recording them without their knowledge, doing something very private like changing, that's a total violation of their privacy," said Cpt. Oremus.