Authorities are investigating a 43-year-old Elwood man they say was taking video of young girls Wednesday in public areas of Raging Waves water park.
Keith W. Flint, of the 200 block of West Morris Street in Elwood, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Yorkville police said. He allegedly recorded multiple girls who appeared to be ages 10 and younger, police said. The girls were wearing swimsuits and the videos tended to focus on areas covered by their swimsuits, but police found no evidence of child pornography in Flint’s cameras, Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart said.
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” Hart said.
Hart complimented Raging Waves staff. Adults often photograph their children or their friends’ children at Raging Waves, but lifeguards noticed Flint did not appear to be following a particular child or group of children, so they notified Raging Waves’ private security, Hart said.
A security officer asked Flint if he was with any child. The officer became alarmed and disturbed when Flint said he was there alone and the security guard realized the nature of the videos, Hart said.
The incident happened about 2:45 p.m. Police believe Flint was at the water park for several hours Wednesday, but have no reason to believe he had ever been there before, Hart said.
Yorkville police seized the cameras and video, and consulted with the FBI, Hart said. They also notified other area police agencies about the case.
“We take very seriously when there is anything like this,” Hart said.
Hart said the images are in police custody and will be destroyed when law enforcement no longer needed them.
"When the court cases is over, no matter what happens, they will be destroyed," Hart said. "They will never be returned to him."