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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Hidden camera in bathroom leads to arrest

Warrant issued for Valdez man fingered as face recorded

 


A Valdez man turned himself in to Valdez police earlier this month after a warrant for his arrest was issued alleging he hid a camera in the ladies room at his workplace.

Kalvin Paulsen Jr, age 28, turned himself into Valdez police February on a misdemeanor warrant alleging “Indecent View/Photo w/o Consent-Of Adult.”

The complaint filed in support of the arrest warrant says Paulsen came to the attention of Valdez police after a woman found a mini motion-activated camera lodged into a feminine hygiene dispenser located in a restroom at Alyeska’s Oil Response Building “generally operated by TCC employees.”

According to court documents, Valdez police began the investigation February 5 when a call came in from Alyeska security, reporting “…a hidden spy camera had been found in the toilet stall of the ladies restroom on the Alyeska Terminal…”

A review of the camera’s footage showed a man’s face at least twice, which employees pegged as Paulsen.

The camera also recorded a female employee urinating.

Court documents say Officer Andrew Pritchett began the investigation immediately by interviewing 11 TCC employees and one Alyeska employee who were in the building at the time of the discovery.

A female employee told Pritchett that she spotted the devise in the dispenser and at the time she believed it was a Bluetooth earpiece. It wasn’t until another employee discovered it contained an SD card that those involved recognized it as a camera.

Pritchett later found the SD card had 13 videos previously deleted from the devise and nine that were currently on the devise, which he said was motion activated.

A search warrant was issued and evidence seized from Paulsen’s work locker and the living space he rented from a roommate.

The warrant application stated that fellow employees described Paulsen demeanor as generally withdrawn, quiet and reclusive. His roommate told police that “Paulsen keeps to himself and does not talk (sic) to many people and avoids contact with others.”

Paulsen’s case is slated for a for calendar call March 16.

Alyeska spokeswoman Michelle Egan was unavailable for comment before publication.

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