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‘Upskirt’ Suspect Will Have Court Date Sept. 22

by Karen Goff August 14, 2015 at 9:15 am 6 Comments

Michael Wayne Edwards/FCPDThe Reston trainer accused of  “upskirt” filming a South Lakes Safeway shopper and exposing himself to her will have a day in court Sept. 22.

Michael Wayne Edwards Jr., 33, was arrested last week on charges of indecent exposure, simulated masturbation and filming a nonconsented nude person (taking unlawful images of another without consent), court records show.

The charges are all misdemeanors; Edwards has been released on bond. The Sept. 22 date is an adjudicatory hearing.

Edwards, of Centreville, was employed as a trainer at Fusion360, a personal training gym a few doors down from the Safeway at South Lakes Village Center, at the time of his arrest.

Police said that on Aug. 5, a woman who was at the Safeway buying lunch told them a man was following her in the store.

The victim said as she walked back about 1:15 p.m., the man, identified as Edwards, followed her as she approached Sunrise Valley Drive and Lakespray Way. The man appeared to be videotaping and spoke to her. She recalled him to be the same person from the store, police said.

The woman told police the man then reportedly exposed himself to her then he ran away. Officers worked with store personnel to determine the man had filmed the woman under her clothing in the store without her permission.

Contacted by Reston Now, Edwards denies the charges.

Edwards has previously been in trouble for sexual situations. In 2010, he was charged with several accounts of second-degree assault after he squirted semen from a bottle on women as they exited a Giant and Michael’s craft stores in Gaithersburg, Md.

Edwards pled guilty to one of those charges (the rest were dropped as part of the plea deal). He was fined $500 and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, Montgomery County records show. His probation period ended in June 2014.

Many Fusion 360 clients took to Reston Now’s Facebook page to defend the gym and praise Edwards in spite of the charges.

“Michael can be an absolute gentleman; articulate, polite, and mannerly,” said one commenter. “He’s kept the professional company of some of the most beautiful women in the fitness industry. If there is any credibility to this most recent charge, please factor in that this is not a schizophrenic looney who hides in a raincoat and is incapable of keeping a job.”

Police want to hear from any other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

  • Eldren Busihingham

    So he was same weirdo in the Gaithersburg incident. I remember hearing that one on the news.

  • Withheld

    Politicians, bureaucrats and especially judges would have you believe that too much freedom
    will result in chaos. Therefore, we should gladly give up some of our RIGHTS for the good of
    the community. In other words, people acting in the name of the government, say we need
    more laws and more JURORS to enforce these laws—even if we have to give up some
    RIGHTS in the process. They believe the more laws we have, the more control, thus a better
    society. THis theory may sound good on paper, and apparently many of our leaders think this
    way, as evidenced by the thousands of new laws that are added to the books each year in this
    country. But, no matter how cleverly this Marxist argument is made, the hard fact is that
    whenever you give up a RIGHT you lose a “FREE CHOICE”!

    Our forefathers felt that in order to have JUSTICE, it was obvious that a JURY of “PEERS” must be people who actually know the defendant. How else would they be able to judge motive and intent?
    “PEERS” of the defendant, like the rights of the JURY have also been severely tarnished. Originally, it meant people of “equals in station and rank”.

  • lordhelmet

    The lack in common sense from people defending this person with mental sickness. Of course Mike will act normal cordial and professional when at his job or in public areas among friends. People who say he has never done this or that, can you honestly say you really knew him outside his professional work space or in a common place such as the gym where he will have “friends”? Plus the ones defending him are mostly clients so of course he needs to keep up appearances to keep making the business $$. Also he is a trainer his job is to be motivational and uplifting because who wants a trainer who is going to bring them down.

    There are a lot of criminals and people with mental sickness in the news who will always have defenders or people who knew the suspect saying “I never knew the person was capable of such crimes” or “I’m in shock and don’t believe he did it”, “He was such a nice guy always said hello”.

    For example Ariel Castro the bus driver who kidnapped three women and held them prisoner in his home for 10 years beating and raping them, “We see this dude every day. I’ve been here a year. I barbecued with this dude. We eat ribs and listen to salsa music,”….

    The common link with Mike is he is a REPEAT offender and when arrested in 2010 he also at first DENIED spraying the women with his attorney saying he would be vindicated. In the end more victims came forward, one linked him to a 2009 incident and he was convicted of 2 of the 5 charges.

    Fairfax county police has evidence against him which I am assuming is store surveillance since the police charged him with filing person nude without consent after they returned to the store during their investigation and saw he was trying to film up her skirt. A common link between this current crime and the one in 2010 is he likes to take video of his sexual crimes.

    I am sure if this was your wife, daughter, friend etc…. the defenders would have a difference of opinion. Be honest with yourself he did it, there are too many commonalities between his 2010 crime and this one. There is probably hard evidence proving so ust like in 2010.

    • lordhelmet

      As far as Fusion360 they probably knew who they were hiring or may have not donethere due diligence when hiring Mike. They obviously mis-spelled his
      last name leaving off the “S” in his last name, Edward instead of Edwards. If they knew about his past and believed him when he denied it or was giving him a second chance, then it is the risk they took as a business owner where the business allows close contact between employees and clients. Given his past I probably would have not taken the risk given the type of crime he was convicted of in 2010. And those who say they never saw him do anything out of the ordinary, probably because you never saw him doing it. He was never caught by you. Just like the victim in the case probably never noticed him trying to take video until the cops probably saw him on surveillance doing so.

  • Nyla J.

    “Michael can be an absolute gentleman when squirting semen or sexually assaulting women.”. Are you kidding me?

  • LaffyTaffy

    Has Fusion360 issued a public response to this? It’s amazing to me that their patrons are defending him, seems incredibly misguided.

    I can’t imagine this is good for business.

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