Can a landlord really install a camera inside a bedroom and claim it is for security? Michael Muratore did just that when he rented an apartment in his Franklin Square two-family home to a Hofstra student and her friend. It took only one day for her to learn that the smoke detectors in each bedroom were actually hidden cameras that had recorded her dressing and undressing when she thought she was alone.
Muratore was arrested and pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance of the plaintiff. The Hofstra student started a civil action against him for assault and invasion of privacy for the damage she said she suffered. Being filmed unknowingly by her landlord left her feeling violated and too anxious to rent her own apartment again. She moved back to her childhood home, which was approximately 90 miles from Hofstra University.
It's hard enough for a victim of any sexual crime to go to criminal court, but to have to face their violator in civil court and explain their physical and emotional pain further draws out the healing process. At Goldstein and Bashner, we understand how difficult this process can be. We know how to get the evidence needed to quickly win cases such as this one. We want to help anyone who has been violated by voyeurism to get the compensation they deserve. We put the time and research into each case to get through the red tape and get a winning verdict.