Portland Man Jailed 10 Days For Taping Breast-Pumping Coworker

45-year Russell Kent Gordon placed a "spy pen" on coworker's desk.

KPTV
A technology specialist for a Portland, Ore.-based consulting firm was sentenced to ten days in jail and three years probation for secretly videotaping a coworker while she used a breast pump. Russell Kent Gordon, 45 years old, was found guilty over the summer for one felony count of second-degree burglary and one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy as a result of the incident.

The victim, who has not been named in reports, noticed a so-called "spy pen" had been placed on her desk in her office at the Mason Bruce & Girard consulting firm. She proceeded to notify her managers of the situation, as the Oregonian reported. Gordon responded by saying the camera was being used to monitor the victim for potential data theft, even though the worker had never been labeled a threat at her company. Gordon resigned upon the discovery. At the trial. Judge Stephen Bushong referred to the incident as an "egregious invasion of privacy."

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

Gordon, for his part, argued he had placed the camera because he knew the victim was about to leave the company, and so was concerned about data theft. But he nevertheless offered an apology during the proceedings. "I do take responsibility for what I have done," he said. The Multnomah County Court also sentenced him to undergo mental-health counseling, a sex offender evaluation and 160 hours of community service.

Local FOX outlet KPTV is reporting Gordon has already found a new job since being fired, though his employer has yet to respond to his sentencing.

Being caught for being a peeping-tom in the workplace is an almost surefire way to get fired, as AOL Jobs has reported. In fact, last year, John Bednarik II, the director of campus environment for DeSales University in Central Valley, Penn., was videotaping a coworker while she was breast-pumping. Bednarik had reportedly built a secret cubbyhole from which he taped into his colleague's office. After his coworker noticed the camera in the ceiling, she contacted campus security. He was then immediately fired.

As it turns out, breastfeeding has recently been provided with new protections in the American workplace. As AOL Jobs has reported, one of the less heralded regulations of President Obama's Affordable Care Act mandates that employers provide a time and place for workers to pump their breast milk whenever they need to.

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bushnellpacking

Here is the answer to what everyone was asking: why at her desk? She was NOT at a cubicle. She had her own office. Hence, she has the right to do that provided she shuts the door and locks it for privacy.


The victim, who has not been named in reports, noticed a so-called "spy pen" had been placed on her desk in her office at the Mason Bruce & Girard consulting firm.

October 25 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
froste888

that is one of the most beautiful things between mother and child...i feel bad for that mom...he should bet arrested ..loser

October 16 2013 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fiftyninedandre

Stupidity and depravity have no limits when it comes to some superiors on the job.I hope the mother has filed a civil suit in the name of her child.We can resist any thing but TEMPTATION.Say the LORD"D PRAYER Daily. It can help deterr some of this madness.

October 12 2013 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Apple Stern

I agree my friend. May the merciful Lord Allah help this man with his temptation.

October 24 2013 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanlenard

He is a pervert but Seriously??? Does she have to pump at her desk??? Taking this a bit to far for common sense to comprehend.

October 12 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Denise Delezland

Why is this woman sitting at her desk in the office with her breast exposed pumping milk? The problem is most women today have no sense of decency. If you are going to pump milk or breastfeed in public cover yourself up or go to the restroom. She is not ashamed to sit at her desk in the office with her breast out? Is the baby at work with her that she has to pump milk at work? I would think exposing your breast in the office is sexual harassment. Men need to start suing these women for sexual harassment and indecent exposure. Maybe it will teach them to keep their clothes on and cover up. They don’t care about who they exposing themselves to it could be someone/s husband, son, brother they have no shame. They are disgusting and shameful!

October 12 2013 at 2:12 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Apple Stern

Why is this woman sitting at her desk pumping milk? You asked.
Well, maybe her desk was inside of a high-walled cubicle. The story did not clarify what type of desk she was at. We simply don't know.

October 24 2013 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denise Delezland

Why is a woman sitting at her desk in the office with her breast exposed pumpimg milk out of her breast. The problem is most women today have no sense of decency. If you are going to pump milk or breastfeed in public cover yourself up or go to the restroom. She not ashame to be sitting at her desk with her breast out. Is the baby at work with her that she has to pump milk from her breast at work? I would think exposing your breast in the office is sexual harrassment. Men need to start suing these women for sexual harrassment and indecent exposure.

October 12 2013 at 2:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
shac.cooper

Rate your supervisors and coworkers http://takethisjoborshoveit.com

October 11 2013 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jshwalker

It's funny that the same people are fighting for the right to breast feed in public, no wonder we are confused.

October 11 2013 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whatgrindsmygears

What gets me is this guy managed to get another job elsewhere. He has a criminal record now. So much for background checks. He's supposed to reveal why he left a prior job to any potential employer. Really, WTF??

October 11 2013 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Norm

No bare boobs in the work place....means literal and figurative boobs. Breast feeding in the public eye is just on more example of a hostile public forum. The spy cam is another.

October 11 2013 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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