Videos of Grand Haven beach-goers posted on porn sites

An image from one of the videos posted on a free pornography site, blurred for privacy reasons.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of videos of apparently unsuspecting beach-goers visiting Grand Haven have surfaced on adult websites.

The videos, which primarily depict women’s backsides, have been posted to multiple free pornographic sites. Some of the footage also shows the subjects’ faces and other intimate areas.

A man claiming to be the photographer posted several of the videos on one site and encouraged viewers to comment. He promised more videos were coming.

The videos were labeled “West Michigan;” many videos showed Grand Haven area landmarks.

24 Hour News 8 has decided not to publish the names of the websites involved so as not to further the photographer’s agenda.

While some people may believe the videos are in poor taste, they are not illegal, prosecutors, police, and attorneys have told 24 Hour News 8.

“On a beach setting, knowingly exposing the parts that you expose to the public, it would be difficult to say that you had an expectation of privacy and without that there can be no criminal liability,” said Randall Levine, managing partner at the Levine & Levine law firm in Kalamazoo. Levine has no connection to the case.

Grand Haven police have responded to complaints about people taking photos on the beach, but never about videos surfacing on the Internet, Public Safety Chief Jeff Hawke told 24 Hour News 8. He said he will have a detective look at the videos.

Attorneys said the only option for those featured in the videos may be filing a lawsuit.

“If you are a victim to that type of behavior and you think that in some way your reputation has been damaged and your privacy’s been invaded, seek the advice of counsel to see whether you have recourse,” Levine said.

24 Hour News 8 tried contacting the person who posted the videos for comment, but the person has not yet responded. Administrators of the website that seemed to host the original video posts have also not yet responded.

Levine said the lesson in this situation is simple: people should always conduct themselves with the expectation that they may be recorded when they appear in public view.

“If you are that concerned about who sees you as you walk along the beach, maybe you should cover up,” Levine said. “Or not go to the beach.”

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