TORRANCE (CNS) - A former Rancho Palos Verdes city building inspector accused of secretly recording dozens of people at a City Hall bathroom and a nearby coffee house pleaded not guilty today to dozens of misdemeanor charges.
Andrew James Jensen, 49, of Huntington Beach, remains jailed in lieu of $315,000 bail. He was ordered to return to the Torrance courthouse for a pretrial hearing Oct. 22.
Jensen is charged with 89 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy for allegedly using a hidden camera to secretly record 63 women and 26 men between June 13 and July 5, according to prosecutors.
“On July 5, 2018, a hidden miniature camera was discovered by a Rancho Palos Verdes city staffer in a unisex employee restroom,” according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “A police report was filed and Lomita Station initiated a criminal investigation. It was determined that Jensen, who was a Rancho Palos Verdes building inspector, allegedly secreted the camera in the restroom at City Hall, and at a nearby local business.”
If convicted as charged, Jensen could face more than 44 years in jail, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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