A Madison man who was caught taking nude videos of other customers of a campus-area tanning salon was convicted Thursday of 15 criminal charges involving taking videos of unknowing victims at the salon and elsewhere from 2012 to 2014.
Benjamin J. Brossard, 28, pleaded no contest Thursday to 13 felony counts of capturing an image of nudity and two counts of misdemeanor attempting to capture an image of nudity, mostly of patrons at Sun Tan City, 301 E. Campus Mall. All but one of the victims for which he was convicted were women.
One of the convictions involves taking video of a relative, one involves a neighbor and another was video taken up the skirt of a woman at Ella’s Deli, 2902 E. Washington Ave.
In all, the convictions carry a maximum sentence of 47 years of combined prison and extended supervision. Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds will sentence Brossard after a pre-sentence investigation is done by the state Department of Corrections.
Reynolds dismissed the remaining 22 counts against Brossard but can consider them when she sentences him.
Assistant District Attorney Corey Stephan said there was no agreement on a sentencing recommendation and that he and Brossard’s lawyer, Chris Van Wagner, will present sentencing arguments. The sentencing hearing is expected to last two to three hours.
Brossard was arrested by Madison police on Oct. 16 when a woman at Sun Tan City noticed a cellphone being held by a male hand under a gap in partitions between tanning stalls at the salon. He was released but re-arrested after police found evidence on his computers and other equipment that he had taken video of other women at the salon.
A criminal complaint states that Brossard was identified to police by salon staff, who said he had been a frequent customer for about a year and should have been “considerably darker” than he was.