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The Los Alamos fire captain charged with reportedly videotaping a female firefighter in a station bathroom resigned Wednesday afternoon.
Capt. Aaron Adair, 36, had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 18 when police charged him with voyeurism and tampering with evidence.
“I did get a letter of resignation from Aaron Adair this afternoon and it is effective immediately,” Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Wednesday.
Los Alamos County Attorney Randy Autio confirmed that alleged victim Jessica Noah filed a claim against Los Alamos County Wednesday.
“She filed an internal claim that there are policies that may have caused her some harm and we’re looking into that claim,” he said. “I can’t comment further because of the obvious personnel nature of the claim.”
Autio also confirmed that Noah, 28, remains on paid administrative leave.
Noah’s attorney, John Day of Santa Fe declined to discuss the case saying only, “We have no comment on the county attorney’s statements to the media.”
On Oct. 18, Noah allegedly discovered a small camera inside a paper towel dispenser in the bathroom at Station 3 in White Rock, according to the statement of probable cause. She told police the dispenser became difficult to operate so she opened its cover to determine if the batteries needed replacement. That is when she discovered the camera wedged between the side of the dispenser and the paper towel roll.
The criminal complaint filed against Adair in Magistrate Court states that he used a small black video camera, “to videotape the intimate areas of another person without the knowledge or consent of that person.”
In this case, Adair allegedly videotaped the 28-year-old woman in the shower area of the station’s co-ed bathroom facility. An additional tampering with evidence charge stems from his alleged destruction of the camera’s Secure Digital (SD) card.
Adair told police that he placed the SD card inside an orange squash he had at his home, according to the statement of probable cause, and drove to the shooting range area in Rendija Canyon and pitched the squash out the window of his vehicle.
Adair granted police permission to enter his home and retrieve his computer and laptop to determine if either contained inappropriate videos. They did not and were later returned to Adair, according to police.
All 15 computers at Fire Station 3 were seized for review by county IT professionals, who made images of the hard drives to be entered into evidence.
Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said this morning that the computers were free of administrative violations.
Adair has a wife and five daughters and worked for LAFD for 11 years. He waived arraignment and is set to attend a pre-trial hearing in the criminal matter in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Dec. 21. If convicted, Adair faces up to a $500 fine and 364 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge of voyeurism and up to a $250 fine and six months in jail on the petty misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence.
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