Landlord spies on tenants with ceiling camera

Landlord spies on tenants with ceiling camera
The images appeared to go back at least a year.

After a young woman in Maryland read an article in Cosmopolitan magazine about hidden cameras, she became concerned about a smoke detector in the room she was renting from Dennis Alan Van Dusen:

"Whenever the power would go out, all the smoke detectors on her level would beep, but the one above her bed did not," according to Montgomery police documents.

The tenant said she and her boyfriend then examined the smoke detector and found video-recording equipment and wires leading back into the ceiling. In the early morning of Oct. 13, she called police, and two officers went to her apartment and took photographs of the device, according to police reports.

Police later confiscated Van Dusen’s laptop computer and two hard drives from his room in the house, according to a detective’s affidavit filed in court. An examination of the equipment found "sexually/nude videos" of the three tenants and their boyfriends, according to the affidavit. The videos also revealed that Van Dusen had put "hidden surveillance devices in each of the renters’ rooms," the affidavit states.

According to Mr. Van Dusen’s online resume, he has a Juris Doctorate and has "Three advanced degrees in computer science with business orientation technologies. (Penn State, Harvard)."

He also "Takes personal responsibility for challenges and solutions."

Read more: Chevy Chase landlord used tiny cameras to peep on tenants, police say, The Washington Post>>

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