Three more women have filed lawsuits against Viking Fitness Center after a previous lawsuit accused the gym of allowing sexual harassment by one of its members.
All three defendants, listed as “Jane Doe” 1-3, are being represented by attorney Elizabeth Thompson.
The complaints included in the filings match that of a fourth woman who has also sued the fitness center alleging that a member, Corey Normandin, was allowed to continue at the gym’s Marysville location after he was caught photographing women while they were naked in a tanning bed.
Normandin, who was arrested in August 2022 and sentenced to prison in March, is also listed as a codefendant in all three lawsuits.
According to court records from that case and the complaints, the victim in the August incident saw someone was trying to stick a phone through an opening in the tanning bed. The woman, who was identified as “Jane Doe 1” in one of the lawsuits, alerted staff to what was happening.
A staff member who had seen Normandin by the tanning bed checked security footage and found a recording of him putting his phone into the tanning bed. The incident was reported to the Marysville Police Department, and resulted in Normandin’s arrest.
Jeff Bohm, who owns Viking Fitness Center, has maintained his staff acted appropriately in reporting Normandin’s behavior as soon as they were made aware of it and canceling his membership.
The plaintiffs in all four lawsuits, however, alleged there was a previous incident in June in which Normandin attempted to open the tanning bed and photograph women naked. The plaintiffs allege the staff identified Normandin as the culprit in that incident, but did not report it to police or cancel Normandin’s membership.
“This matter arises, from many other things, Viking Gym’s failure to take measures to prevent Normandin from photographing and/or video taping Plaintiff while she was undressed and using the gym’s tanning booths,” one of the new complaints states.
Bohm has maintained the first he heard of Normandin was in August, and that he and his staff had no knowledge of his previous attempts to photograph women.
According to Thompson, however, Viking Fitness Center’s manager was the one who told police there had been a prior incident involving Normandin.
The new suits accuse Viking Fitness Center of negligence and premises liability, saying Normandin should not have had access to the tanning beds while they were in use.
“Viking Gym failed to prevent Normandin from having access to the tanning booths and failed to ensure that the tanning booths were fully enclosed, safe and secure from unwanted intrusions, and/or to warn of the lack of complete enclosure while in the tanning bed,” the lawsuit states.
Normandin is accused in the lawsuit of committing invasion of privacy. Both Normandin and the fitness center are accused of civil conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
No hearings have been scheduled in any of the lawsuits.
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