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Landlord Who Rented Room Equipped with Hidden Camera is Hit with $476K Jury Verdict

Posted Jan 31, 2011 4:53 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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When a 60-year-old Internal Revenue Service agent advertised a furnished room for rent in his Florida townhome, it turned out to come with some extras.

In additional to the DVD/VCR player, the room also contained a hidden camera within the machine. It was pointed at the bed of the young woman who rented the room from Kenneth Ryals, reports the Miami Herald.

She won a $476,000 verdict from a Broward County jury in an invasion of privacy case.

However, a misdemeanor case against Ryals was dropped. A week after his arrest, he posted another online roommate ad, reports the FloriDUH page of the Sun-Sentinel,

In the absence of any criminal conviction against him, there's nothing to prevent him from trying to find another roommate, says his accuser's lawyer, Patricia Wallace.

The articles don't include any comment from Ryals or his lawyer.

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