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Richard Schmeling is charged with trying to record nude girls at Ada Dance Academy

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Richard Schmeling is facing multiple charges tied to an eavesdropping attempt at Ada Dance Academy.

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids man is facing several charges after investigators say he hid a smart phone in the ceiling of a girl's changing room.

Richard Donald Schmeling, 28, is charged with surveillance or attempted surviellance an unclothed person, capturing or distributing an image or attempting to capture or distribute an image of an unclothed person, installing or using a device to eavesdrop and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

On March 19, someone from the Ada Dance Academy found a smartphone hidden in the ceiling of the girl's changing room and called the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

Kent County deputies say the smartphone was placed in the ceiling from an adjacent utility room not accessible from the Ada Dance Academy. Detectives say a fingerprint found at the scene positively matched Schmeling.

Authorities say they found a recording of the girl's changing room on the phone, but no images of nude girls were captured.
Schmeling was formally charged on June 12. Deputies say he is not associated with the Ada Dance Academy or any of the businesses in the same building.

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