Law clerk accused of secretly filming coworkers

James Halpin

A law clerk for a federal judge in Anchorage is accused of shooting video of his co-workers using the bathroom and undressing at his home and a family cabin, according to court documents.

Daniel Eisman, 35, has been charged in state court with a felony count of indecent photography, court records say.

Anchorage police began an investigation into Eisman's alleged activities after a co-worker, also a federal law clerk, reported she'd discovered, on his personal computer, pictures of herself visiting the bathroom and undressing, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

The woman had been baby-sitting for Eisman and his wife on May 5 and was looking for some pictures taken at Fur Rendezvous when she came across a folder with her name on it, detective Jade Baker wrote in the charges. Inside, she found numerous videos of herself at Eisman's home and at his family cabin in Moose Pass, he wrote.

Altogether, the woman came across 12 folders with similar images of women, Baker wrote. The victim told investigators the images had been taken without her knowledge or consent.

She took the images, which were stored on an external hard drive, with her when she left Eisman's home and reported them to her supervisor at the courthouse, police said. Investigators reviewed the drive and found a folder called "party" in which they discovered several videos of men and women using the bathroom.

Eisman was arrested May 6 and has been released on $20,000 bail, according to court records.

Eisman, who was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess, was terminated as an employee of the court system on May 7, said Burgess' judicial assistant, Stephanie Lawley.

A message left with Eisman's lawyer wasn't immediately returned Friday.

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