A former Rancho Palos Verdes city building inspector has been charged with secretly recording dozens of people at a City Hall bathroom and a nearby coffee house, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Andrew James Jensen, 49, of Huntington Beach, was ordered to be held on $315,000 bail while awaiting arraignment Oct. 15 in a Torrance courtroom, court officials said.

He is charged with 89 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy — peeking — for allegedly using a hidden camera to secretly record 63 women and 26 men between June 13 and July 5, according to prosecutors.

“On July 5, 2018, a hidden miniature camera was discovered by a Rancho Palos Verdes city staffer in a unisex employee restroom,” according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “A police report was filed and Lomita Station initiated a criminal investigation.”

“It was determined that Jensen, who was a Rancho Palos Verdes building inspector, allegedly secreted the camera in the restroom at City Hall, and at a nearby local business.”

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lomita Station arrested Jensen at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. He has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.

If convicted as charged, Jensen could face a potential maximum term of more than 44 years in jail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with additional information about Jensen was urged to call Detective Terence Peterson at (310) 891-3211.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.

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