Authorities said that a popular fitness trainer in North Texas had been arrested in Denton County over an invasive recording charge.
John Benton, 41, of Flower Mound was taken into the Denton County Jail but was released on Wednesday after posting a $20,000 bond. According to court records, the charge came from allegations that he recorded images inside a bathroom or a changing room on Aug. 21, 2020, CBS DFW reported.
Benton Steps Away From The Business
In a statement, a public relations company representative and the JB Model Fitness, a business that Benton owns, released a statement saying the fitness instructor is stepping away as the founder of the business.
“Our clients, their respect, and their safety are of the utmost importance to us at JB Model Fitness. We exist to serve them, and that will always remain our top priority. With that, given the recent allegations and this ongoing legal matter, the founder is stepping away from the business effective immediately.”
The statement also said that classes and consultations are postponed.
“We take this matter very seriously, and we are immediately pausing all classes and consultations until we determine how to best continue to serve our clients.
Clients Can Still Access Online Pre-Recorded Workout Videos
According to the statement, clients can still take advantage of the pre-recorded workout videos online while the company evaluates all aspects of the business.
“Should clients want to take advantage of the online pre-recorded workout videos, they can still do so. We are evaluating all parts of the business, operations, and the brand to determine what changes we will make going forward, but know that our sole commitment is to our clients and supporting them however best we can during this unfolding situation,” it said.
According to the company website, Benton works directly with top modeling agencies and pageants across the globe. He also states that he is the official sponsored fitness trainer for Miss Dallas and Miss Dallas Teen pageants.