PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A former pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente described as “a trusted co-worker and friend” was sentenced to 12 years in prison for secretly recording employee bathrooms over the course of a year.
Johnny Chan intentionally set up multiple hidden cameras inside different workplace bathrooms to record people as they used the facilities.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who litigated this case, said investigators found nearly 80 victims in this case. However, there is nothing to suggest the public at large was ever filmed by Chan, the DA’s office said.
The investigation began in November 2017 after a small high-definition camera was found inside an employee rest room at Kaiser Permanente in Northeast Portland. Investigators determined there were as many as 3 cameras hidden and simultaneously recording both pictures and sound, and that the recordings began as far back as December 2016.
Kaiser Permanente officials fired Chan once they learned of the criminal investigation.
“Being fully aware that he was under investigation for secretly recording co-workers, (Chan) applied for a new job and was hired at Banana Republic where he then continued to secretly record other co-workers,” Park said in a statement.
Chan was arrested November 26, 2018 at Banana Republic for his Kaiser Permanente actions. Authorities searched the employee-only bathroom at the store and found a hidden camera facing the toilet.
Victim impact statements
Prosecutors said most of the victims were women, and they were in single user restrooms. Some were changing after exercising.
A number of women provided victim impact statements that resonated many of the same themes: anger, violation, fear, anxiety and ongoing emotional upheaval. Most of those who spoke in court wondered how he would feel if this happened to his mother or sister.
One woman said she fears that as she applies for jobs, instead of recruiters finding pictures of her professionally they “will find photos of my vagina instead.”
Another woman said her children came to her office one day and needed to use the restroom. “When I found out he downloaded child pornography of other little girls her age, it made me sick,” she said. “He took a part of their innocence.”
“Having been a pharmacist for over 25 years, I understand it’s one of the most trusted professions,” another victim said. “Johnny abused that trust.”
A fourth victim began, “I am appalled. I am furious,” and ended with “Shame on you.”
Two women noted Chan wanted leniency from the judge during sentencing. One of them said, “He does not deserve your leniency.”
But another woman was much more pointed.
“I realize you might show him mercy,” she said, “but I hope people in prison do not.”
In all, Chan faced more than 130 separate charges related to the recordings. He pleaded guilty in September to 20 counts of 1st-degree invasion of privacy.
Investigators also said there’s no evidence to show Chan disseminated the images. They believe he kept them for his own personal use.
Chan surrendered his pharmacist’s license.
“I am genuinely sorry,” Chan said in court. “The sentence I received is a very long time. This period of my life will be set on self-reflection and learning to cope with my problems.”
Beyond the 12 years in prison, the 35-year-old will have to register as a sex offender and will be on post-prison supervision for 2 years.