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Portland man pleads guilty to hiding video camera in daycare facility restroom

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A 50-year-old Portland man pleaded guilty to 17 misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism Monday.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office in Oregon, Jay Walter Jaacks placed a concealed video camera in the restroom of a Portland daycare facility.

“This defendant’s actions are inexcusable and grossly invaded the privacy of employees and fellow parents at a daycare facility where he took his own children,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.

Investigators say Jaacks concealed the video camera on July 29, 2016. They say he hid it in a small cosmetics bag and placed it in the adult restroom of a daycare facility in Portland.

The video recorded 17 adults, both daycare employees and parents, in various stages of undress.

A daycare employee found the camera and notified law enforcement.

Officials seized the camera before Jaacks could retrieve it.

Jaacks could be sentenced to up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine and one year of supervised release on each count.

He will be sentenced on July 30, 2018.

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