OAK HILL, WV (WVNS) — 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021: A Fayette County man is sentenced after multiple counts of Criminal Invasion of Privacy Charges.
Brian Lanham was arrested in May 2020 on 30 counts of Invasion of Privacy at Bee Bronze Tanning Salon. On Thursday, June 10, 2021 Lanham pleaded guilty to those crimes.
Lanham was sentenced by Magistrate Sharon McGraw, in Fayette County, to 11 years of incarceration for 11 counts of Criminal Invasion of Privacy. He will serve a minimum of five and a half years in jail.
OAK HILL, WV (WVNS) — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Wednesday, Oak Hill Police arrested Brian Lanham on 30 counts of invasion of privacy at Bee Bronze Tanning Salon. His wife, Jennifer Lanham, owns the salon.
Jennifer described her reaction to the accusations.
“I could feel the blood rush from my head to my feet, I almost passed out,” Jennifer said.
The investigation began on Friday, May 9, 2020 after a customer filed a complaint about the suspect recording customers while they were tanning. The customer claimed she saw his cell phone propped up inside the tanning room.
Jennifer said at the time, the walls of the tanning room stopped about a foot short of the ceiling. After the incident she filled in that space.
Investigators said they seized the phone, and found multiple videos of customers who were unaware they were being videoed, including videos of Jennifer.
“I just remember looking at his face just in terror…of not only my marriage, my family, but these people that come here are my friends, I love these people,” said Jennifer.
Lanham was not an employee. According to Jennifer, he was looking after the salon while she worked at her second job.
Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey Mauzy, said the accused allegedly acted alone.
“I feel really bad for the owner of the business, who is also a victim, and in another sense is a victim because she and her family are going through something pretty traumatic themselves that they didn’t do anything to cause,” Mauzy said.
Jennifer said she is heartbroken for the business she worked so hard to build, for her marriage, and for the victims.
“First, I want to say I’m so sorry to the victims and their families,” said Jennifer. “I was completely blindsided by this, and as soon as I became aware, I did everything in my power to help this investigation. The day after he was caught, we made renovations to both of my tanning rooms that enclosed all access points.”
The suspect is banned from the property. Jennifer said she hopes to grow from this and will work to protect her customers.
“I’ve always dreamed of creating a business where people could come and feel comfortable, encouraged, cared for and served with complete integrity, and I’m so sorry,” said Jennifer.
Brian Lanham turned himself in to Oak Hill Police around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. Each charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
OAK HILL, WV (WVNS) — 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Oak Hill Police officers told 59News they have made an arrest in the case. Brian Lanham turned himself in before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Oak Hill Police filed charges in an invasion of privacy case at a local tanning salon. They began the investigation at Bee Bronze tanning, located in “The Hive” boutique after a complaint was filed about video being taken of customers while they were tanning.
A customer told police she thought someone was using a cellphone to take video of her as she was in the tanning room. The suspected cellphone was seized. Investigators said there were multiple videos of customers who were unaware they were being videoed.
Brian Lanham, 33, of Oak Hill is charged with numerous counts of Criminal Invasion of Privacy. Each charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and $5,000.