GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Jenison man is accused of climbing into the ceiling area of a Grandville gym to peep on a woman who was using a tanning booth.
Cody Postmus, 27, was charged Monday in Grandville’s 59th District Court with one count of surveilling an unclothed person, a two-year felony.
It happened May 12 at the Rivertown Parkway Planet Fitness, according to the Grandville Police Department. Investigators say Postmus removed a ceiling panel over an enclosed tanning room, crawled into the rafters and peered through a grate into an adjacent room where the victim had stepped out of an stand-up tanning booth.
“While standing naked in the room, she noticed dust falling from ceiling,” a Grandville police officer called to the Planet Fitness after the incident wrote in the report that led to Postmus’ arrest warrant. “[She] looked up and saw unknown male looking down on her through grated ceiling panel.”
The victim’s description of the man watching her and sign-in records at the gym led police to Postmus.
He admitted to them that he watched the woman, according to court documents.
During his arraignment Monday, Postmus spoke little, telling Judge Peter Versluis he did not have any questions about the charge and answering his questions briefly.
It wasn’t Postmus’ first time in court. He has a record of misdemeanor offenses, including one for indecent exposure in 2009, Michigan State Police records show.
Postmus was jailed on 10% of a $25,000 bond. If he posts that bond, the judge ordered him to stay away from the Planet Fitness and any other tanning facilities and not to have contact with the victim in the case. He is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 2.
One Planet Fitness employee who asked not to be identified told 24 Hour News 8 Monday that the gym’s owner considering measures to prevent similar incidents, including bolting down the ceiling tiles.
Grandville police say they have not received reports of similar incidents, but that can change after one incident is reported. Anyone with information about any other incidents is asked to call police at 616.538.6110.