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Starbucks bathroom cameraman comes forward


by: SHERWOOD POLICE - Sherwood Police say the camera was inside an AC adapter in the bathroom, recording customers as they used the restroomA Tualatin man has turned himself in after allegedly taking pictures of customers in a Starbucks bathroom in Sherwood.

Richard Ipsen, 59, turned himself in at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning, according to Sherwood Police.

Police had been searching for Ipsen after a hidden video camera was found in a Starbucks bathroom in Sherwood on May 1.Ipsen

The video camera — which was concealed to look like AC electrical adapter — was discovered in the bathroom of the coffee shop, located on the corner of Borcher’s Drive and Roy Rogers Road. The hidden camera reportedly recorded customers using the restroom, recording them to a memory card placed inside the camera.

Ipsen was aware of the investigation and had acquired an attorney when he turned himself in, according to Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon.

He said police aren't disclosing how long the camera had been in the bathroom.

Meanwhile, police in Bend searched a house Ipsen uses on June 14 and found evidence of recordings of guests in the home using the toilet and shower, according to Bend Police. That case is still under investigation. Bend Police said that based on evidence found in the Sherwood case, officers will also begin looking into private businesses in Central Oregon to ensure that no additional cameras were planted there as well.

Ipsen is charged with eight counts of invading personal privacy and eight counts of attempted invasion of personal privacy.