"My Blood Was Boiling"

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    Escondido Police Department

    When Traci Jordan opened her Escondido business, The Tanning Place, in 2002, one of her first customers was a North County attorney named David Kaye.

    "Seemed like a real nice guy," said Jordan of the 43-year-old San Marcos man.

    Salon Owner Caught Kaye in the Act

    [DGO] Salon Owner Caught Kaye in the Act
    The woman says she calls after she saw him take photos of her tanning customers.

    She described him as a family man who would often bring his son with him when he tanned at her salon.

    But Jordan says early last year, she got some disturbing news from a customer who said something strange happened while she was tanning in a room next to Kaye. 

    "She felt like she saw a glimpse of something over the top of the wall," Jordan said.

    The rooms have eight-foot high walls.

    The next time Kaye came in, Jordan hid above the tanning rooms and took a picture when she saw a hand come over the wall.

    She says it was Kaye's hand and he was taking a picture of someone undressing in the room next to him.

    "My blood was boiling, I was really mad especially when I saw it," Jordan said.

    Jordan notified Escondido Police and investigators set up a sting operation with an undercover officer posing as a customer.

    "She was really attractive," Jordan said.  "Within minutes of them going into the rooms, the police officer caught him."

    Kaye was arrested last April and then rearrested Friday morning, after investigators say they found more evidence on his computer hard drives including child pornography.

    Jordan is glad she helped police catch Kaye, but she also says it came at a high cost for her -- she had to close down her business.

    "I know word got out, so I don't know how it happened, but I think it definitely affected business."