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Accused changing room spy appears in court

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Aug 09 2012 10:00:53 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula County detention officer accused of videotaping women and children in a local water park changing room made an initial appearance in court Thursday.

The Sheriff's Department fired Michael Gauci from his job as an inmate supervisor three days after the alleged incident at Splash Montana, and now department officials say they are conducting an internal investigation to see if Gauci acted out on the job.

Gauci's accused of felony burglary and attempting to destroy evidence for the allegations.

According to court documents, Gauci admitted to prosecutors that he'd done something similar before.

NBC Montana talked to a woman who said she was at the water park on Saturday. She said she has similar concerns.

"What kind of access did he have to all of the victim's information before he was suspended,” said Missoula resident Kelly Breen.” Does he know where I live? Does he have this kind of information? I've kept my children a lot closer since it happened."

Rather than hold Gauci in jail, a judged released him on his own recognizance, with strict instructions to stay away from Splash Montana.