October 28th, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Former Portland Lawyer Arrested for Alleged Secret Filming of Sex, Showers



A 64-year-old former lawyer was arrested this morning on allegations he secretly filmed women in the shower or having sex with him at his former home in Southeast Portland.

Ronald Schaffner was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of four misdemeanor counts of invasion of personal privacy.

On Sept. 16, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Stephen Bushong granted Portland Police Detective Jason Christensen permission to analyze five DVDs taken from Schaffner's home. The affidavit Christensen wrote requesting that search warrant outlines the investigation.

According to the affidavit, the case began when Schaffner's wife received an anonymous letter in the mail claiming Schaffner was having an affair.

His wife searched Schaffner's computer and found a spreadsheet where Schaffner had listed "goals related to his sexual exploits," the affidavit says. The spreadsheet assigned points for various sex acts and included a list of women Schaffner wanted to bed—"everything from a 19-year-old female to an 80-year-old female," the affidavit says.

Schaffner's wife and a friend searched the trunk of his car and found a locked briefcase, the affidavit says. On the Internet they found a way to open the lock, according to the affidavit. Inside the briefcase they found five DVDs, the affidavit says.

The DVDs contained footage from different angles of about 15 different women showering in Schaffner's guest bathroom, according to the affidavit. The DVDs also contained footage of Schaffner having sex with his wife, the affidavit says. She never gave Schaffner permission to film her, according to the affidavit.

Schaffner was arrested this morning at a home in Beaverton, where the affidavit says he was staying with "his [Schaffner's] girlfriend" and her husband.

It's not Schaffner's first time in trouble with authorities. Schaffner surrendered his license to practice law in Oregon in 1998, after the Oregon State Bar repeatedly disciplined Schaffner for neglecting his clients, charging an illegal fee and failing to cooperate with bar investigators.
 
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