San Luis Obispo gym owner arrested on gun and drug charges

September 14, 2023

SLO gym owner Cole Corrigan

Correction: The illegal drug found in Cole Corrigan’s possession was testosterone and not methamphetamine as initially reported in charging records.


The owner of a gym where a spy camera was recently discovered hidden in a bathroom has been arrested by San Luis Obispo police officers for being a felon in possession of a firearm and testosterone.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Cole Corrigan in Morro Bay and booked him in the SLO County Jail shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to jail logs.Corrigan is also charged with possession of ammunition and a gun that is not traceable. Corrigan is no longer in custody.

Last month, a 22-year-old pregnant woman found a GoPro camera concealed in a white towel placed in a mop bucket in a woman’s restroom at CCC Fitness. Even though Corrigan asked Maria and Zach Lerno not to call law enforcement, they did.

An officer then went to the gym, took the camera and opened an investigation.

Since CalCoastNew first broke the news of the hidden camera, multiple women have disclosed stories of Corrigan talking inappropriately about their sex lives or their bodies at his all women’s gym. One local woman described how Corrigan has stalked her for two years.

In 2006 and 2007, the Los Osos woman would regularly see a face peering in her window at night, she told a CalCoastNews reporter. While deputies would find beer cans, chew containers and footprints outside the window, the peeping Tom always left before deputies arrived. CalCoastNews is not naming the now 35-year-old victim.

Then in 2007, the victim and her brother chased Corrigan as he ran from their home. Deputies arrested Corrigan and were able to obtain an emergency restraining order for the victim the next morning.

About a week later, a naked Corrigan, who appeared to be under the influence, was spotted about five blocks from the woman’s home, she said. Corrigan was injured when he fought off seven deputies who pepper sprayed, shot beanbags, used batons and tasered him. He was later charged with felony resisting arrest.

During the past 20 years, prosecutors charged Corrigan in five misdemeanor and two felony cases which include transporting a controlled substance, loitering on someone’s property to commit a crime, DUI and public intoxication.

If you have information about these or other incidents regarding Corrigan please contact reporter Karen Velie at (805) 234-1703.

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No place is safe from sexual predators. Any place where women and children gather (such as churches) are magnets for sexual predators and pedophiles. A pastor of a church said that his children were offered sex and drugs in his church.

Tweeker behavior convoluted by a Perv intent? And he’s no longer in custody? What’s with these Judges? Lock your doors and windows!! Seems this guy has a long history, and he’s still at it? And you think, Ya, this guy should be out running around? At what point does it become the responsibility of the Judge whom let him out, to protect the public? So the next time he does something even worse..and he probably will. Who could have prevented it? No respect for Victims, nor the Women he will continue to target.

Pretty boy should do well in prison.

You going to put him away for a long time I hope. It seems lately that a lot of the crimes someone had a good idea they were happening but were afraid to say anything. Go ahead and speak up it nay save someone later

Hes going have to ask a woman on a date to Louisa restaurant and ask the woman with sincerity to help him out this jelly jam of a ham sandwich.

Measure for measure

A few points:

  1. This dude seems like a real dirtbag.

  2. Filming people in the locker room/dressing room is creepy.

  3. Upon conviction, lock his ass up.

  4. What firearm is not detectable by a metal detector? Even if the frame is polymer, the barrel has to be steel to withstand the pressure. What is that? As far as I know, there are no ceramic or fiber barrels. I’d like some further clarification on that.

  5. Again, the secret filming thing is creepy. If found guilty in a court of law, homeboy needs to go away for a long time.

He’s been bringing those guns to work for a while.

And the hits keep coming…