Probe of alleged lifeguard taping on LI

August 17, 2009 10:00:12 PM PDT
A Long Island town is investigating reports that its lifeguards were videotaped changing clothes. Last Friday, lifeguard Pat Cooke got the shockwave of the summer when he discovered a camera perched above him watching his every move

"They're watching us get changed. Obviously, it's a locker room," Cooke said.

Cooke immediately notified his supervisor, Robert Eberhart who is so outraged he is still shaking over the thought of it

"It's a violation of my privacy. Not acceptable," he said.

Lifeguards at MLK Park in Freeport filed a complaint with police who are investigating what the camera captured and whether or not it was legally installed.

Mayor Andrew Hardwick came down to address the concerns of his staff members

The mayor says this is an office and lifeguards should be changing in the public locker rooms.

"It's not like this camera was put in the ladies locker room," Hardwick said. "It's out in the open. It sits there where you can see it. It's in an office."

Lifeguards told us that's simply not the case.

"They've seen us naked for the past three years I've been changing in here," one lifeguard said.

"This isn't about the lifeguards. It's about the kids, This place was so dangerous," the mayor countered.

So far village officials say they regret the misunderstanding, but it is a matter of public safety.

The village has erased all existing surveillance video of the office and put up a sign telling employees not to change in the office.


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