Tanning-bed videographer gets 17 1/2 years in prison

File photo - In an interview inside the Bradford County jail, tanning bed owner Doyce Griffis of Starke said he only intended the videotapes he made of patrons undressing to be for his personal viewing. (Karen Voyles/The Gainesville Sun)

Karen Voyles
Published: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.

Doyce Dean Griffis, a Starke man accused of secretly videotaping women and girls in a tanning bed, has been sentenced in federal court to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Griffis, 49, pleaded guilty in February to five counts of producing videos of child pornography, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard also sentenced him to 10 years of probation.

From February 2000 to April 2011, Griffis operated a tanning bed in a barn on his property at 2261 SE 128th St. in Starke. Customers would pay to use the bed by putting money in a slot. The bed had a two-way mirror, according to the government, and Griffis made a hole in an vent near the foot of the bed. Through the mirror and hole, he recorded customers as they undressed and got in and out of the tanning bed.

His victims were "dozens of female customers, including more than 20 minor children," the news release states. "Griffis produced, collected, and maintained the sexually explicit video recordings … for his own sexual gratification, and kept detailed notes on the types of physical and sexual characteristics of his customers."

Investigators also found about 103 videos and 45 images of child pornography on his laptop that Griffis had downloaded from the Internet.

The case was investigated by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

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