Hidden cameras found in Hernando massage business, deputies say

The owner’s husband was arrested on allegations that he secretly recorded clients. He said he just wanted to make sure employees weren’t breaking the law.
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Published March 15
Updated March 16

SPRING HILL — The husband of a massage business owner was arrested Friday on allegations that he had set up hidden cameras and secretly recorded clients without their knowledge, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Stanley William Arnold, 60, faces five felony charges: three counts of video voyeurism via installation, one count of video voyeurism via broadcast and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.

A tip led Hernando deputies to obtain a search warrant for Great One Oriental Massage at 4121 Mariner Blvd. They served the warrant on Friday and said they discovered Arnold had put three cameras in four rooms — and had the ability to watch what was being recorded without anyone in those rooms knowing.

Arnold said he manages the business and used the cameras to make sure employees were doing nothing illegal.

During the investigation, deputies said they also learned that Arnold employed an unlicensed massage therapist who whose photo was placed over the photo of a former employee’s massage therapy license.

The unlicensed therapist, Xiaoping Guangzhou Smaller, 55, faces a felony charge of unlicensed practice of a healthcare profession.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement seized the cameras and will search for more evidence, deputies said. The Department of Homeland Security will assist the investigation.

Seven other local massage businesses were searched, deputies said. No cameras were found but those businesses were cited for minor health code violations.

Arnold and Smaller were released on their own recognizance from the Hernando County jail.