Canton Man Charged With Secretly Recording Video Of Unclothed People

Futa Sakamoto
Photo credit Futa Sakamoto (Photo: Canton Public Safety)

CANTON (WWJ) - A Canton man is facing charges for recording video of people in a changing area at Aqua-Tots, and a tanning room at Planet Fitness.

Canton police said 44-year-old Futa Sakamoto was arraigned in 35th District Court in Plymouth Tuesday on a three-count felony warrant:

  • Count 1: Capturing/disturbing image of unclothed person, a five-year felony
  • Count 2: Surveilling unclothed person, two-year felony
  • Count 3: Eavesdropping–Installing/using device (to observe/record/photograph), a two-year felony

Bond was set at $250,000, with the condition that he wear a GPS tether if he's released. 

The investigation began when police were called to Aqua-Tots, a swim school, on Joy Road about a woman who saw a recording device aimed toward her changing stall. The victim confronted Sakamoto police said, and then alerted the staff. 

Further investigation led to the discovery of additional videos shot in a tanning room at Planet Fitness.

Aqua-Tots released a statement Tuesday night regarding the incident, saying they remain "steadfast to the safety and security of our families. Providing timely communication is of upmost importance to ensure we live up to these expectations."

"Recently a parent was accused of using a hidden camera in changing areas at our Canton, MI swim school. Currently this is what we know:

  • The camera was the personal property of the parent.
  • There were no recording devices installed at the school by the parent.
  • There is no evidence of any recording filmed at our Aqua-Tots Swim School.

Aqua-Tots is cooperating with the local law enforcement to provide the necessary information to ensure a thorough investigation has taken place as it relates to this incident. Should new information arise in regard to this case, we will be certain to provide a timely update.

Aqua-Tots will continue to take all necessary precautions in maintaining a safe environment for our families."

It's unclear at this time how many people may have been filmed without their knowledge, according to police. Authorities said Tuesday that detectives were working to make contact with potential victims at Planet Fitness.

Sakamoto's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 6.