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Oregon man gets more than 6 years for recording people in PeaceHealth restroom, child porn

By , Columbian staff writer
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An Oregon man was sentenced to nearly 6½ years in prison Tuesday for recording people using the restroom at a Vancouver hospital and possessing child pornography.

Jason D. Schultz, 51, of Salem pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to two counts of first-degree voyeurism and two counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, court records show.

Judge Gregory Gonzales ordered the parties’ agreed-upon sentence of 77 months, which was the low end of the standard sentencing range.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Smith read a statement during Tuesday’s hearing from a woman who was recorded using the restroom at the hospital. She said she no longer feels comfortable using restrooms outside of her home and that her mental health has suffered since.

A nurse at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center found the camera and reported it April 26 to the Vancouver Police Department. Investigators recovered deleted images from the camera, which included photos of the man they believe put it in the restroom, according to a probable cause affidavit. Investigators identified the man as Schultz, who is seen wearing black scrubs and an ID badge, the affidavit says.

Schultz worked as a technician for his brother-in-law’s dialysis company, according to court records. The employee who reported the camera said there was a dialysis machine near the restroom.

Investigators later found 322 images on Schultz’s iPad of what they believed to be five people who worked at the hospital in various states of undress. They also found images of child pornography, court records state.

A Clark County sheriff’s detective arrested Schultz in Vancouver in May as he was getting out of his car at the hospital. Court records state Schultz admitted to putting the camera in the restroom at PeaceHealth.

“PeaceHealth Southwest was made aware of the investigation and arrest on May 25, after which all access by the suspect to PeaceHealth was immediately suspended,” according to a statement from the hospital in May.

Schultz’s brother-in-law told investigators he was angry that he gave Schultz a chance, and his company had since lost its million-dollar contract with PeaceHealth, according to a pre-sentencing investigation.

Schultz was convicted in 2000 in Oregon of three counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse, according to the pre-sentencing investigation, and served 40 months in prison.

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