A health teacher who made his title coaching Victoria’s Secret fashions and at the least one Miss USA winner exhibited lower than mannequin conduct when he recorded his shoppers within the locker room, police in North Texas say.
John Benton, 41, was arrested and jailed Wednesday on a cost of invasive recording. He posted a $20,000 bond on the Denton County Jail. Benton allegedly recorded shoppers in August 2020, based on court docket paperwork considered by The Dallas Morning News.
Along with promoting his size-zero consumer record, Benton hawked his on-line health lessons as a approach to keep away from “that fitness center creeper man.” Police allege that’s precisely who he was.
“All my shoppers can do my exercises from dwelling if they need to allow them to keep away from that fitness center creeper man that’s in each fitness center,” he mentioned in an interview with The Bridal Journey.
On his web site, Benton calls himself the “hips whisperer” and “a extremely wanted Private Coach within the trend, movie, and pageant industries in Dallas” who’s “identified for making superb strides in hip and waist discount.” He documented his shoppers’ success by posting the variety of inches they trimmed from their waists. He says he’s the official coach for contestants within the Miss Dallas and Miss Dallas Teen pageants. Harper’s Bazaar reported in 2017 that fashions had been flying to Dallas to coach with him.
The Instagram account for John Benton Mannequin Health steadily posted photos of its shoppers, who vary from Miss USA 2018 to Miss Dallas 2020 to Victoria’s Secret fashions to on a regular basis girls recording their progress with weight reduction of their underwear.
Benton probably received’t seek advice from himself that method for for much longer, although. His eponymous enterprise issued a press release Thursday saying he was “stepping away,” efficient instantly.
“Our shoppers, their respect and their security are of the utmost significance to us at JB Mannequin Health,” the assertion reads. “With that, given the latest allegations and this ongoing authorized matter, the founder is stepping away from the enterprise successfully instantly. We take this matter very severely.”
The enterprise’ in-person lessons have been suspended, based on the assertion. The web lessons, nonetheless, are nonetheless obtainable.
John Benton Mannequin Health didn’t instantly reply to a request for additional remark.