Westport Lifeguard Arrested on More than 400 Counts of Voyeurism

A Westport, Connecticut, lifeguard has been arrested on more than 400 counts of voyeurism, as well as child pornography charges, after allegedly setting up mini cameras in a beach lifeguard shack over the summer.

Detectives from the Westport Police Department began investigating Aug. 14 when the Westport Parks and Recreation administration reported that two cameras had been found inside the lifeguard shack at Burying Hill Beach in Westport.

Authorities identified Michael Collins, 29, of Westport, as the person suspected of setting up cameras in the employee room to record other people. When they searched his home, they found sunglasses with cameras in them, laptop computers, DVDs, thumb drives and other electronic and surveillance items police said might have been used for illegal behavior in his bedroom and seized them, police said.

When police reviewed the devices, they found videos and photos, as well as child pornography, authorities said.

Collins turned himself in to police on Monday after learning that there was an active warrant for his arrest. He has been charged with 431 counts of voyeurism, 431 counts of eavesdropping and third-degree possession of child pornography.

He posted $75,000 bond and is due in Norwalk Court on Jan. 7. Information on an attorney for Collins wasn't immediately available.

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