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Magna man investigated in 2 hidden camera cases

Magna man investigated in 2 hidden camera cases

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MAGNA — A Magna man charged with putting a hidden camera in the bathroom of his rental home in St. George is being investigated for a similar voyeurism case in Salt Lake County, Unified police confirmed Friday.

James Steven Larsen, 39, was charged Feb. 27 in 5th District Court in St. George with four counts of voyeurism by electronic equipment. One count is a third-degree felony, the other three are class A misdemeanors.

Renters in Larsen's five-bedroom luxury villa at The Ledges in St. George found two cameras concealed in an upstairs bathroom, according to charging documents.

"One camera was hidden behind the toilet and pointed toward the shower," the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement. "The other camera was hidden behind the trash can and pointed outward towards the area someone would have to walk by in order to access the shower."

Eventually, Larsen allegedly told St. George police that he had videos stored on SD cards that he kept in his truck that was parked in the garage of his Magna house.

Detectives also learned there may be more videos than just those recorded from the house in St. George.

"Mr. Larsen further admitted that these SD Cards contained video which was taken in the women's bathroom, near the toilet, in a church and that this video was taken without the knowledge or consent of those filmed," according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in 3rd District Court.

Unified police on Friday confirmed that "the church" stated in the warrant is in their jurisdiction and that an investigation has been conducted and turned over to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office to be reviewed for possible additional charges.

A spokesman with the district attorney's office said Friday that the case is being screened.

Details about what church and what kind of voyeurism may have happened were not detailed in court documents and both Unified police and the district attorney declined further comment citing the ongoing investigation.

Larsen is due back in court in St. George on April 10.

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