Personal trainer accused of filming client

Posted at 10:17 AM, May 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-16 19:22:35-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Minutes after a personal trainer arrested for recording one of his client's in the bathroom sent a statement to local media, CBS 6 reporter Tracy Sears saw Chesterfield Fire and EMS carrying a man on a stretcher from the suspect's Harbour Ridge Road home.

Sears said the person on the stretcher appeared to be alert and conscious. No other details about the patient were released.

Police arrested Craig Lamont Kirkpatrick, 40, on Tuesday. He is charged with unauthorized filming of another and assault, according to a press release from Chesterfield Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon.

Police said when the victim, a 21-year-old woman, found what she believed to be a recording device in Kirkpatrick's bathroom, she grabbed it and left the house. Kirkpatrick was able to confront the woman and take back the device before she drove away, police said.

On Wednesday afternoon, at 12:31 p.m.,  CBS 6 received an email from a Craig Kirkpatrick which read:

"The recorder found by the woman was an audio recorder used to record 'audio' notes regarding clients progress, much like that used by a physician;  not a video recorder.  It was dropped by accident in the cleaning process, readying the bathroom for her use in between clients.  Upon noticing the absence of the recorder, I went to ask her about it as she left, as the information on it is confidential to each client, and she proceeded to run into me with her car and then drag me down the road.  I have pressed charges against her for theft and aggravated assault. The events and charges have been a surprise and I thank you for respecting our privacy."

Sears emailed the photo of the man in the stretcher at 12:50 p.m.