Man arrested for taking pictures of girls at local water park

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COLLINSVILLE, IL - A Caseyville man is facing a disorderly conduct charge after he was arrested for allegedly taking photos and videos of young girls and adult women at a popular water park in southeast Illinois.

It all happened at the Splash City Waterpark on Gateway Drive off I-55/70 in Collinsville. The suspect was identified by police as 59-year-old Melvin Hock.

A worker at the water park called police Wednesday saying that Hock was taking pictures of young girls at the facility. When officers got there, they saw Hock holding a cell phone like he was taking pictures or videos.

Police said Hock let officers search his phone at the water park. They discovered two pictures of young girls taken Wednesday at Splash City. Hock was then arrested and taken to the Collinsville Police Department.

"This is disturbing .This is a family place and they are in bathing suits. So to think they are taking pictures of us while we are enjoining our day is awful and it's sick, actually,” said Julia Suter, a water park patron.

Investigators tell FOX 2 that a further examination of Hock's phone by police revealed another folder containing some 29 images and four videos of girls wearing swimsuits. Authorities say the girls ranged in estimated ages from five to 35-years-old.  Police said the additional images also appear to have been taken at Splash City on four separate dates.

Investigators said there was no evidence found nor statements obtained to indicate that the images were being used for sexual gratification.

Because of that, more serious charges were not filed. Hock was released from custody after posting the required cash bond for the disorderly conduct charge.