Prosecutors: Wantagh man secretly recorded women in tanning salons

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A Wantagh man is accused of secretly recording women in multiple tanning salons in Nassau County.

Jake Gabler-Colotti put on his sunglasses and did not answer questions from reporters outside a Mineola courtroom Thursday. The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges that allege he recorded nine women undressing in three Beach Bum Tanning salons in Nassau.

Gabler-Colotti was initially arrested in March for allegedly recording two women. Prosecutors say the investigation has since led to seven more victims being identified.

After Gabler-Colotti's March arraignment, prosecutors say he posted on Instagram a video of himself declaring to be a pervert and showing his mugshot.

Inside court, Gabler-Colotti's attorney, Cornell Bouse, responded to the post saying, "He posted it out of anger and remorse. He was apologizing to the world. This is what millennials do these days. He is in counseling."

After the hearing, Bouse said "we live in a world of social media" and that the post "was meant as remorse" but wouldn't elaborate.

According to the indictment, Gabler-Colotti created 10 videos of the nine filmed women. It says the first video was made about two years ago.

A spokesperson for Beach Bum sent News 12 a statement saying:

We have and will continue to work with authorities on this matter and are grateful to them for taking swift action against this individual. This is a very serious matter and we want to make that as clear as possible. We can guarantee we are taking the strongest possible measures to ensure the security and privacy of all of our customers. We have conducted a full sweep of our locations and we are implementing new protocols to identify unusual behavior and notify authorities when appropriate. We are also working with our contractor and architects to determine new ways to further safeguard our rooms, including the installation of sensors on top of the walls that will detect any movement. We believe that our work will deter this type of behavior in the future and hope that it will become a standard protocol for the tanning industry and any similar public establishment.

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