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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Portland Man Pleads Guilty to 17 Counts of Video Voyeurism at Local Daycare Facility

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Monday, April 23, 2018, Jay Walter Jaacks, 50, of Portland, pleaded guilty to 17 misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism for placing a concealed video camera in the adult 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. "I hope this prosecution will deter others from illegally violating the privacy of others for their own personal satisfaction."

"The safety, privacy, and security of everyone working and doing business within our Federal workplaces are paramount to our efforts," said Federal Protective Service Region 10, Deputy Regional Director, Patrick Zitny. "The successful prosecution of this case is a tribute to the efforts and close coordination between the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office."

On or about July 29, 2016, Jaacks concealed a video camera in a small cosmetics bag and placed it in the adult restroom of a daycare facility in Portland. The video camera captured 17 adults, both daycare employees and other parents, in various stages of undress. A daycare employee found the camera and immediately notified law enforcement. Law enforcement officials seized the camera before Jaacks could retrieve it.

Jaacks faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, and one year of supervised release on each count. He will be sentenced on Monday, July 30, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Marco A. Hernandez.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service (FPS) investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Scott Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Updated April 24, 2018