In court, the man accused of taking pictures of customers while they were in the nude pleaded guilty Thursday to “hateful crimes” and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8.
Travis Johnson, 26, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts upon a person in the second degree and two counts misdemeanor counts of disturbing the peace.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
Johnson also was sentenced Thursday to serve two years of probation.
Johnson was arrested by St. Charles County Police in October 2016 after a complaint by a woman who said she had been harassed by Johnson.
She said she was repeatedly asked to remove her clothing, forced to wear a towel and told she was a “slut” by Johnson, who was wearing a dark suit and tie.
Johnson was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual conduct, but prosecutors dropped the charges after a judge agreed that Johnson’s behavior was “not particularly threatening.”
In court Thursday, Johnson apologized for the actions, and the judge said Johnson should have known better than to try to make the situation worse.
Johnson’s attorney, Charles P. Smith, said he is pleased with the court’s decision.
Smith said Johnson has been “taken advantage of by a very powerful and predatory person,” and he is sorry that he took the pictures.
Smith added that Johnson was not a “serial predator” and he said the charges are an attempt to silence him.