Police: Corvallis plumber tapes woman showering

James Bartholomeusz is the owner of Ace Rooter Services

James Bartholomeusz, 39. (Albany Police Dept.)
James Bartholomeusz, 39. (Albany Police Dept.)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN 6) —  A Corvallis plumber is in custody nearly a year after he allegedly videotaped a woman in the shower with his cellphone, returning to the home after completing earlier work at her home.

James Andrew Bartholomeusz is charged with invasion of personal privacy and first degree burglary, according to documents filed Nov. 18 in Benton County Circuit Court by District Attorney John Haroldson.

Evidence on Bartholomeusz’s cell phone showed he filmed a woman in the shower without her knowledge, at her home in Corvallis Nov. 17, 2013, the Albany Police Department (APD) said in a statement.

Bartholomeusz, who owns Ace Rooter Services, allegedly videotaped two other women in what APD calls “various states of undress.”

The investigation into Bartholomeusz stemmed from an allegation he had sexual contact with a child, APD said.

A family member of Bartholomeusz, who did not want to be identified, said she is sorry, had no clue, and that “Jim” is a hardworking man.

“He got into pornography and that is the result of pornography,” she said.  “I hope that will be a lesson.”

“It destroys me, his family, my family and everybody else,” she said.

Bartholomeusz, who is currently going through a divorce according to the family member, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday morning. He remains in custody at the Benton County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

Police are calling on anyone in the Salem/Keizer, Albany or Corvallis area with similar complaints about Bartholomeusz to come forward by contacting the APD at 541-917-7686.

“Be strong, notify the authorities,” said Bartholomeusz’s family member. “I am extremely sorry for what has happened.”




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