Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 34-year-old Johnny Tuck Chee Chan appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to 20 counts of invasion of privacy in the first degree for setting up a hidden camera in two separate workplace locations.
According to court documents, by pleading guilty, Chan is expected to receive a sanction of 12 years prison when he is formally sentenced in November. At that time, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office expects multiple victim impact statements to be made.
By pleading guilty, Chan admitted that he unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly recorded, without their knowledge or consent, several people while in a place, and under circumstances, where they had a reasonable expectation to privacy and that he captured the individuals while they were in a state of nudity.
This investigation started in November 2017 when the Portland Police Bureau was notified by Kaiser Permanente that an employee discovered a hidden camera inside a bathroom at a Kaiser Permanente facility, located in the 5700 block of Northeast 138th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. This facility is not open to the public.
During this investigation, the Portland Police Bureau learned that Chan, a licensed pharmacist, was employed by Kaiser Permanente. According to court documents, all of the conduct at the Kaiser Permanente facility occurred between December 2016 and November 2017.
As previously released, Kaiser Permanente terminated Chan upon learning of the criminal investigation.
Members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Chan on November 26, 2018 at the Banana Republic store, located in the 9900 block of Northeast Cascades Parkway in Portland, Oregon. This was arrest was for the criminal conduct alleged in the Kaiser Permanente case.
When law enforcement arrested Chan, they checked the all-user, employee-only bathroom at the store and located a camera, in active recording mode, which had been concealed to face the toilet. According to court documents, the small high definition camera, was forensically examined and law enforcement determined additional victims had been recorded while in a state of nudity in the restroom.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to reiterate to the public that, based on the investigation, there is no reason to believe that customers, or members of the public, were captured by the cameras placed by Chan at either the Banana Republic store at Cascade Station or the Kaiser Permanente facility located in the 5700 block of Northeast 138th Avenue.
Both Banana Republic and Kaiser Permanente have fully cooperated with the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office throughout this investigation.
Source: Multnomah County District Attorney