A Pennsylvania federal jury has ordered a Massachusetts man to pay a couple $ 22,500 after he secretly recorded them having sex while they all lived in the same apartment.
A couple who live in State College, Pennsylvania, have filed a federal lawsuit against Nils Knutrud, who was last living in Westborough, Massachusetts. The complaint was filed in 2019.
The couple, a man and a woman, had known Knutrud for two years before they started living together in a State College apartment in 2017. The couple had their own private bedroom and Knutrud had their own bedroom, according to the lawsuit.
âIn late 2017 or early 2018, Knutrud gave the plaintiffs a Blu-ray DVD player allegedly as a Christmas present. Knutrud installed the DVD player in the plaintiffs’ bedroom and directed it to their bed, âthe lawsuit said.
It was in May 2018 when the couple became suspicious of their roommate and unplugged the Blu-ray player. Knutrud plugged it back in and pointed it again at the couple’s bed.
Recording devices were eventually discovered inside the Blu-ray player. Knutrud secretly captured videos and images of the couple as they engaged in sexual acts, according to the lawsuit.
“Knutrud frequently borrowed the DVD player in order to periodically review the videos, images and audio captured by the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit said.
Other devices that can record people have been placed throughout the apartment, including the couple’s bathroom.
The lawsuit said Knutrud also hacked the victim’s Apple iCloud account and took 27 nude or partially nude photographs of her from the account.
The couple filed a federal complaint claiming Knutrud had violated federal wiretapping law. The jury ordered Knutrud to pay the couple $ 22,500 after deliberating on Oct. 14, court records show.
The PhillyVoice reported that Knutrud was charged with invasion of privacy and interception of communications in connection with the case and was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty.