Doc Put Hidden Cameras in Locker Rooms, Prosecutors Say

Officials fear Dr. Ninos Jando may have dozens of other victims

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    Dr. Ninos Jando was arrested in 2009 and charged with similar crimes. Dick Johnson reports. (Published Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013)

    A Skokie podiatrist accused of secretly recording community college wrestlers in a men's locker room may have dozens of other victims, authorities say.

    Ninos Jando, 34, was arraigned Wednesday in Michigan on three counts of capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person. Court documents list three male victims in the case.

    But authorities say what Jando was doing in that Michigan locker room was not an isolated event. There are reportedly dozens of videos of naked young men that were shot in dozens of lockers rooms over nearly a dozen years.

    "These images could be worldwide and affect these innocent victims for the rest of their lives," said prosecutor Timothy Maat.

    So far, none of the victims reviewed by authorities appear to be underage, but they said there is still a lot of material to go through.

    Inside the doctor's car following his arrest Tuesday, police said they found six toiletry bags, eight cameras, three cell phones, a computer hard drive, a laptop computer and membership cards under several different names that gave him access to a variety of health clubs. Investigators said they hope a GPS unit found inside the car will provide information as to where else Jando has been.

    Jando has been arrested an accused of similar crimes in the Chicago area. At a St. Charles Xsport Fitness Center in 2009, an undercover police officer thought Jando was acting suspiciously in the locker room. A search at that time by St. Charles police uncovered 21 videos spanning six years, officials said.

    No one could be reached for comment at the Jando family home in Skokie Wednesday night. The doctor has a published office address at Mobile Doctors on North Elston Avenue. He also has a current Illinois license to practice podiatry.

    Jando was ordered held on $200,000 bond. If he bails out, the judge has forbid him from leaving Michigan's Muskegon County.

    Anyone who believes they've been a victim is asked to call Muskegon Police Detective Andrew Rush at 231-724-6752.