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Second suit claims landlord spied on renters

The East Hampton landlord who allegedly spied on summer renters with hidden cameras has been sued for $14.1 million by a second family of renters.

The federal suit accuses Donald Torr and wife Astrid of several crimes, including sexual exploitation of minors and invasion of privacy, when 13 members of a Long Island family with young children rented the Winterberry Lane property for $6,500 one week last August.

The plaintiffs were identified only by initials to protect the children's identity, but their lawyer, Dan Solinsky of Woodbury, said the four siblings and their chidren stayed there just before the renters who claim they first found video cameras in a bedroom, in an outdoor shower head and other areas.

"They feel awful about it," Solinsky said. "They literally had to sit with each other and go over everything they were afraid could have been caught on tape."

Reached at his home in Celebration, Fla., Torr said he knew of the suit -- filed in Central Islip in February -- but referred questions to his attorney, saying he'd been advised not to talk to the media.

"It's hard when you really can't defend yourself and everything goes public," Torr said. "It'll all come out eventually."

When asked why there were several cameras at the house, he replied, "There's a reason for everything. I have no comments."

In October, a family of nine renters filed a federal suit over invasion of privacy against Torr, who also owns a home near Gardiners Bay.

According to that suit, one of the renters found a wire and traced it back to a camera. Cameras were connected to a digital recorder that was connected to the Internet, allowing Torr to "view the videos remotely on his computer," the suit said.

With a search warrant, the Suffolk district attorney's office went on the property Aug. 31 and seized cameras and electronic equipment. Prosecutors and East Hampton police are investigating what happened.

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