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Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)


SALT LAKE CITY — A West Jordan man accused of using his phone to secretly film a young girls hockey team in a locker room has been charged with multiple counts of voyeurism.

Christian Eugene Lovendahl, 44, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with six counts of voyeurism involving a minor victim, a third-degree felony; and voyeurism, a class A misdemeanor.

On Dec. 21, several girls ages 11 to 13 were playing hockey at the Steiner Aquatic Center, 645 S. Guardsman Way. After the game, the girls were in a locker room that shares a wall with an adjacent locker room, according to charging documents. At the top of the wall is metal mesh for airflow.

Some of the girls noticed what looked like a cellphone positioned on the mesh, filming from the other locker room into theirs, charges state. A couple of parents and the girls' coach were notified and found Lovendahl, according to charging documents. Police were called, and they seized the man's phone.

Investigators discovered that 14 videos had been recorded on Lovendahl's phone that day, but four of them had been deleted. Salt Lake police were able to recover three of those videos, charges state.

In one of the videos, the phone is seen being placed in the mesh area of the locker room where girls are seen taking off their pads, according to charging documents. At one point, the camera moves and a beard resembling Lovendahl's is seen, charges state.

The second video is only one second long. The third video is nearly five minutes long and shows girls "in various stages of undress, but there is no nudity," according to charging documents. Four minutes and 40 seconds into the recording, one of the girls notices the phone, charges state.


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