By Brandon Hall
According to WOOD TV 8:
"Dozens of videos of apparently unsuspecting beach-goers visiting Grand Haven have surfaced on adult websites.
The videos, which primarily depict women’s backsides, have been posted to multiple free pornographic sites. Some of the footage also shows the subjects’ faces and other intimate areas.
A man claiming to be the photographer posted several of the videos on one site and encouraged viewers to comment. He promised more videos were coming.
The videos were labeled “West Michigan;” many videos showed Grand Haven area landmarks.
24 Hour News 8 has decided not to publish the names of the websites involved so as not to further the photographer’s agenda.
While some people may believe the videos are in poor taste, they are not illegal, prosecutors, police, and attorneys have told 24 Hour News 8.
“On a beach setting, knowingly exposing the parts that you expose to the public, it would be difficult to say that you had an expectation of privacy and without that there can be no criminal liability,” said Randall Levine, managing partner at the Levine & Levine law firm in Kalamazoo. Levine has no connection to the case.
Grand Haven police have responded to complaints about people taking photos on the beach, but never about videos surfacing on the Internet, Public Safety Chief Jeff Hawke told 24 Hour News 8. He said he will have a detective look at the videos."