Middlebury authorities looking for additional massage victims
Authorities say a Middlebury massage therapist caught allegedly videotaping customers undressing could face dozens of additional charges.
"This is just horrifying to them," said Rebecca Otey, the deputy state's attorney in Addison County at the helm of the hidden camera case. "As they were getting dressed and undressed."
The focus of the investigation is a massage therapy business in Middlebury that used to rent space on Court and Cross streets.
"You think of your massage therapist as a professional," Otey said.
Court documents filed by Middlebury Police tell another story-- a woman came forward April 6, a day after her first massage at Roger's Relaxing Massage Therapy LLC. She told police she noticed a strange USB charging device like as she undressed, with a small lens similar to a hidden nanny-cam she found online. Police got warrants to search Roger Schmidt's rented practice space, car and home. Investigators say they found multiple hidden recording devices and 70 videos that appeared to have been taken without the consent of massage customers.
"Right now, we've not been able to identify all of the videos yet," Otey said. "We believe there could be upward of 50 victims in this case. So far there are four alleged victims identified. Schmidt now faces four counts of voyeurism. But with dozens of other customers out there.
"As we identify them and ensure they did not give consent, we will be filing additional charges for those," Otey said.
She says she's ready to protect their identities.
"We are working hard to ensure people's privacy is not infringed any further," Otey said.
The building's landlord says Schmidt may have left the practice sometime last week. We tried calling his business number, which goes to voicemail. His website is now offline, and court documents say he cannot give more massages during this investigation.
If you know anything about the case or if you've been to the business in the last couple years, Middlebury Police ask that you give them a call.