Tyler Lustig, a 23-year-old youth swim coach, admitted to police that he secretly recorded video of an underage girl changing out of her swimsuit. The incident occurred last month in Wisconsin at Cudahy Middle School, when a 13-year-old girl discovered Lustig’s cellphone.
Arrested shortly after, Lustig told authorities that he placed the cellphone there on purpose, and that he had never done anything like that before.
“I kind of hate myself right now,” he admitted to police, alleging that he was motivated by a “sick curiosity.”
According to the criminal complaint obtained by local ABC News affiliate WISN 12, the young girl discovered a “shiny object” as she was changing into her swimsuit for practice, which was propped up by a storage box in a utility closet.
Realizing that it was a cellphone and it was recording, she stopped the video and started to watch it from the beginning. Looking at the video, she saw Tyler Lustig, the 23-year-old Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center swim coach, start recording and place the cellphone in the concealed closet.
Deleting the video in a panic, she put the phone back exactly where she found it and left to go get her mother. Returning to the location, the phone was gone. Her mother then called the police, who immediately picked up Tyler Lustig.
Reviewing security footage that day, police concluded that Tyler Lustig’s outfit that day and “the events in the video are consistent with what [the teen] described.”
The “defendant stated he likes to push himself and wanted to see if he could do it,” police wrote in the criminal complaint. Lustig also told police that when he came back for his cellphone, he was surprised that the video was deleted.
Charged with invasion of privacy, Lustig is set to appear in court on Feb. 7. He also faces a felony charge of attempting to capture an intimate representation of the underage swimmer. The young girl’s identity has been kept anonymous to protect her rights since she was underage.
According to the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, who rents out the Cudahy Middle School for practice space, Tyler Lustig was fired following the incident.
“The reported allegations against our former employee are contrary to everything we stand for at Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center,” the swimming organization’s official statement read.
“The safety of all our athletes is our highest priority and we take seriously our and our employees’ obligations to abide by the law, Safe Sport expectations and mandates, as well as protocols and expectations set by USA Swimming,” the Aquatic Center continued. “We regularly train our employees on these expectations and have zero tolerance for any behavior that is contrary to these laws, expectations and norms. We are fully cooperating with the investigations into these allegations.”
Tyler Lustig was also added to the U.S. Center for SafeSport disciplinary database, which keeps track of disciplinary measures and abuse violations made by coaches and staff.
Lustig’s arrest came just a month after multiple universities and Olympic athlete organizations have shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of sexual abuse.
In early December, a campaign led by Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols, reached a $380 million settlement for the victims of USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar. He was accused of abusing over 300 underage athletes by masking child molestation as routine physicals.
Earlier this month, the University of Michigan also reached a settlement for nearly $490 million for victims of Robert Anderson, a collegiate doctor who was accused of sexual abuse by over 1,000 student athletes.