Parents sue Valley fitness centers after employee recorded child in shower

Edward Orth (Photo Credit: ICE)

Several Valley LifeTime Fitness locations are at the center of a new civil lawsuit claiming they did not do enough to protect children at their daycare centers.

This complaint describes an encounter back in 2015 between an employee, 25-year-old Edward Orth, and an unnamed 4-year-old girl at LifeTime's Scottsdale location. It claims Orth recorded her for seven minutes in a shower room, and uploaded the file to a child porn website.

Now the girl's parents are suing LifeTimeFitness.

The lawsuit claims LifeTimeFitness did not do enough to prevent this from happening.

Two years before the incident, the Arizona Department of Health Safety cited several of the gym's Valley locations for not properly fingerprinting employees like Orth, and failing to maintain complete staff files.

The lawsuit states these hiring practices were negligent and wound up causing the victim substantial psychological and emotional distress

The gym maintains all employees must pass a background check before they can start work, which was the case when Orth was hired.

Life Time says Orth was fired after the incident and has not worked there since. The gym says it conducted its own internal investigation and worked with authorities.

Regarding the lawsuit, the company said in a statement “As a matter of policy, Life Time does not comment on matters of pending litigation. We do intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.”

It added, "Given our long-held commitment to provide safe, fun, family-oriented environments at Life Time over more than two decades, we certainly found those allegations to be very alarming."

AZDHS has a website where you can check to see if your child's daycare center has any citations, called AZ Care Check.

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