Spray Tan Salon Owner Busted in Child Porn Case

Michelle Putnam, 47, of Carrollton, Virginia.

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A Virginia spray-tan salon owner has been arrested by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky. She is facing extradition to Virginia where she will face seven counts each of production and distribution of child pornography as a part of an ongoing case concerning an Air Force employee, Gregory Wacks.

 

36 year old Gregory Wacks, an Air Force veteran that is employed by the Air Force as a civilian stationed at Langley, was taken into custody in April on a tip that came from an ongoing partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

Initially released on a $2,500 secured bond, his bond was later denied in May after the judge heard new evidence in the case.

 

It was at that hearing that prosecutors made statements that, beyond the multiple counts of having and distributing child pornography, he was a threat to children in the community.  In the initial data "dump" from Wack's phone, forensic investigators recovered thousands of images with very young children.  Even more disturbing though, they also found a 170+ page PDF filed labeled “How to Practice Child Love.”  Downloaded onto his phone from known child porn trade sites, the Commonwealth’s Attorney described the book to the court as a manual for seducing and grooming children into sexual acts, starting at a very young age.

 

As a part of the analysis of the images recovered, police were led to A Polished Life spray tan salon where people had been both photographed and recorded unknowingly in the nude while getting spray tans.

 

One person was initially identified, and she was able to give the name of the salon.  As word got out locally, police received numerous calls from other clients that believed they had possibly been photographed as well after going to the salon because they had found a Groupon deal.  Before long, they confirmed that seven or eight women were those seen in photographs and videos, one of which was a minor at the time.

 

According to the Daily Press in Virginia, Wacks is due back in court today.

 

There is no court date yet, for Putnam.

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