A local swim coach has been charged with two felonies after police say he admitted recording a 13-year-old girl changing clothes

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A former swim coach is facing two felony charges related to recording video of a 13-year-old girl changing into her swimsuit at Cudahy Middle School.

Tyler Lustig, 23, of Milwaukee was charged Jan. 24 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with invading privacy and attempting to capture an intimate representation of a minor. If found guilty, he could face up to 6½ years imprisonment and up to $15,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint:

On Dec. 21, 2021, the girl's mother reported to police that her daughter had been recorded while changing in a utility closet before swim practice.

While changing clothes, the girl found a cell phone that was propped up near a plastic storage tote. She stopped the recording and viewed the latest video recorded on the phone, which showed Lustig placing it in the closet. She then deleted the video and put the phone back.

The girl told her mother about the incident, and they went to retrieve the phone, but it was missing. As they left the school to report the incident to police, the girl saw Lustig holding the phone.

On Dec. 24, Lustig admitted to police that it was his “sick curiosity” that made him do it. Lustig told police the recording was directed at whoever would go into the closet.

“I kind of hate myself right now," he said. Lustig told police he had never done that before. “I just don’t know what I was going for,” he said. “It was spur of the moment.”

Lustig had been a coach at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer since September 2021. Schroeder hosts practices at South Milwaukee Middle School, Cudahy schools and the Ramirez Aquatic Center in Milwaukee.

“The reported allegations against our former employee are contrary to everything we stand for at Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center,” the organization said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Lustig was scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Feb. 7.

Eddie Morales can be reached at 414-223-5366 or eddie.morales@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @emoralesnews.

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