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October 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Portland man sentenced for making video of co-worker using a breast pump

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for secretly making a video of a co-worker using a breast pump in her office.

Russell Kent Gordon, 45, of Portland, also was sentenced to three years of probation. He must perform community service and undergo mental health counseling and a sex-offender evaluation.

Prosecutors say Gordon placed a “spy pen” in a cup on the desk of the co-worker who was a new mother last January and pumping breast milk a few times each day for her baby. She noticed the pen and notified managers. When confronted, Gordon resigned. He was arrested a few days later.

Gordon was a technology specialist with Portland consulting firm Mason Bruce & Girard. He lives near downtown.

The Oregonian newspaper reports the victim spoke briefly in Multnomah Court on Tuesday, discussing the disruption and the embarrassment she felt at being videotaped and having the footage shared with others in the courtroom during Gordon’s trial.

“Mr. Gordon sullied what was in my mind a very selfless act,” the victim said. “An act that was meant only for my daughter and for my daughter alone.”

She questioned whether Gordon has taken responsibility for his actions. During his August trial, Gordon claimed he put the camera pen on her desk to videotape her in case she tried to steal data or intellectual property from the company. The woman had never posed a security risk previously, Gordon acknowledged, but he claimed he needed video evidence in case she did something wrong.

Judge Stephen Bushong found Gordon guilty of burglary and invasion of privacy.

Gordon apologized at his sentencing, saying he wants to undergo whatever treatment programs are available to him.

“I do take responsibility for what I have done,” he said.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Burglary, invasion of privacy, Portland


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