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Rhinelander tanning salon peeper sentenced to 30 days in jail


RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 69-year-old Rhinelander tanning salon owner caught peeping over a wall at a naked customer was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday, according to online Oneida County court records.

David Meinnert pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in a public place and was placed on one's year probation, which includes writing an apology letter to the victim and paying any of her out-of-pocket costs for counseling if she seeks it, court records said.

A Sunburst Tanning customer told police Jan. 18 that Meinnert upgraded her to a new tanning bed with an open ceiling. She undressed, got on the bed and then heard the door to the next room open about a minute later.

The customer told police she felt uncomfortable, given the way Meinnert seemed to be "pushing or pressuring" her to use that booth. She opened her eyes and saw Meinnert, who she has known "for years," peering over the top of a 10-foot-high dividing wall. He quickly ducked behind the wall, she told investigators.

She got dressed and confronted him. He apologized and described himself as "an old pervert I guess," the criminal complaint said.

When asked why he peeped over, Meinnert told a detective, "You know why," he said he was "curious" to see the woman naked, "he didn't really do it on purpose" and it was his first time.

A search of Meinnert's cell phone found an unrelated picture of a naked woman. The businessman told police the woman was a friend and she sent him "nude photographs in order to get free tanning."

Meinnert was ordered to begin serving the jail time by July 13.

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