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Serial voyeur charged with breaking into woman's home

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MAPLETON — A man with a history of trespassing and voyeurism is accused of breaking into a Mapleton woman's home multiple times in the middle of the night, according to court records.

Justin Brent Christiansen, 29, of Spanish Fork, was recently charged in 4th District Court with three counts of burglary, a second-degree felony.

According to charging documents, Christiansen broke into the home of a 66-year-old woman who is a widow and lives alone on three occasions. The first was on May 13 when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to the man "standing over her in her bedroom," the charges state.

On May 22, the woman was awoken just after 1 a.m. by the same man standing in her bedroom, the charges state.

After the second incident, the woman installed an alarm system with motion sensors and a camera, according to the charges.

On June 13, the woman was woken by the alarm going off. The woman screamed, "Who are you?" before the man ran to a vehicle and drove away, charging documents state.

Using video collected from the alarm system and through tips on their social media page, Mapleton police were able to identify Christiansen as a suspect. Furthermore, detectives were able to lift a palm print off a basement window that they believe Christiansen used to enter the house, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed this week.

According to court records, Christiansen took a plea in abeyance in 2010 to voyeurism and trespassing for a case out of Orem and was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment. He was charged with similar crimes in 2012 in Mapleton and pleaded guilty to voyeurism, according to court records. Christiansen was ordered to continue receiving treatment and placed on probation. He was charged with voyeurism and trespassing again in 2014 in a case out of Spanish Fork and pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge.

"In all of these cases Justin was found in places he was not authorized to be in while looking at females in different stages of undress," according to the latest charges.

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