Suffolk DA probes alleged hidden cameras in rental home
The Suffolk County district attorney's office has opened a criminal investigation into a man who rented his East Hampton home to another family, including several children, and allegedly monitored their activities on hidden cameras.
The family filed a lawsuit Oct. 11 in federal court in Central Islip, seeking damages for invasion of privacy from the landlord, Donald Torr, who owns the home near Gardiners Bay and also a home in Celebration, Fla.
The lawsuit said there were hidden video cameras in a bedroom, in an area between a bedroom and bathroom, in an outdoor shower head, inside a walk-in closet and above a whirlpool spa.
The cameras were connected to a digital recorder that was connected to the Internet, allowing Torr to "view the videos remotely on his computer," the lawsuit said.
Torr could not be reached for comment Friday.
Nine people were living in the home at the time, according to the lawsuit. After the renters discovered the hidden cameras on Aug. 30, police were called.
According to the lawsuit, one of the renters spoke with Torr a few days later, and he insisted that the cameras were "only for security purposes."
The district attorney's office confirmed Friday that a search warrant was executed on Aug. 31, and cameras and electronic equipment have been seized. Prosecutors declined to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.
East Hampton Town police also are investigating. A spokesman, Det. Lt. Christopher Anderson, declined to comment Friday.
The lawsuit was filed anonymously, using only the tenants' initials, "as identification of the other plaintiffs' names would easily reveal the identity of those minors."
An attorney representing the renters did not return telephone calls for comment Friday.