Charges have been dismissed against two owners of a medical day spa in Godfrey who were accused of using hidden cameras to record clients during treatment.
Samuel Figueroa, Miroslawn “Mirka” Figueroa and Ronald Riddlespringer, who installed the camera, all were originally charged with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized video recording and live video transmission. Samuel Figueroa also faced a class 4 felony count. The Figueroas own the Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa in Godfrey.
An attorney for the Figueroas had argued that the camera was installed only for security purposes.
Jennifer Mudge, the prosecutor in the case, said the facts were complicated. That, coupled with the fact that neither Figueroa had a criminal history, led to the charges being dismissed Aug. 29, Mudge said.
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“It was the right thing to do all around,” Mudge said.
In order for the charges to officially be dismissed, the Figueroas will have to complete a diversion program, not violate any laws, keep a job or occupation and not use a camera or video recorder in any area protected by law, according to court documents.
Riddlespringer’s case was dropped because the owners of the spa admitted liability for the cameras. There was no sense in prosecuting him, Mudge said.
Stephen Wigginton, an attorney for the couple, told Fox2 in April 2016 after the charges were filed: “There’s no creepiness, there’s no perversion. It was done for security measure; it was installed by a security company they relied on.”