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Tualatin man found guilty of installing hidden camera

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Police said the hidden camera left in the Sherwood Starbucks bathroom was designed to look like an AC adapter. It was used to photograph patrons using the restroom.A Tualatin man accused of installing a hidden camera in a Sherwood Starbucks bathroom was found guilty Tuesday after a speedy trial.

Richard Eugene Ipsen, 60, was found guilty of eight counts of invasion of privacy and two counts of attempted invasion of privacy in Washington County Circuit Court.

IpsenAn employee at Starbucks, 20661 S.W. Roy Rogers Road at Borchers Drive, found a hidden camera installed in the coffee shop’s restroom on May 1, 2013, and contacted police.

The camera was concealed inside an AC adapter, police said and was plugged into the wall. The camera was motion activated and would begin recording Starbucks customers when they entered the restroom.

Sherwood Police said that the camera photographed people using the restroom.

Surveillance photos of a man believed to be a "person of interest" in the case began circulating. Police said with the assistance of the public, they were able to identify Ipsen as a suspect.

Ispen, a real estate broker, also owned a home in Bend. After Sherwood Police reported Ipsen’s alleged activities to Bend authorities, police searched the home on June 14, 2013.

The home, located in the 2300 block of Northwest Lolo Drive, was owned by the Ipsen Family Trust.

Bend Police reportedly found evidence of recordings of guests using the toilet and shower in the home, according to Lt. Chris Carney with the Bend Police Department.

Ipsen turned himself in on June 25 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Ipsen is scheduled to be sentenced April 2.

KOIN 6 News also contributed to this report.




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