The owner of a Lawrence apartment complex surrendered to police Monday on charges he spied on tenants through peepholes in their walls.
William Lemesany, 47, is charged in Douglas County District Court with 10 misdemeanor counts of eavesdropping. He was released Monday afternoon from Douglas County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Lemesany and his wife, Mary, are the owners of Parkway Terrace Apartments, 2340 Murphy Drive. They are defendants in nearly two dozen lawsuits from former apartment tenants.
The suits allege peepholes were made in utility closets accessible through a single, locked door used only by the Lemesanys.
According to the lawsuits, William Lemesany made the peepholes and regularly entered the closets to view the women in their apartments. The suit also says Mary Lemesany permitted the peepholes to remain or more to be made by William Lemesany or others.
The peepholes, offering views of apartments, were discovered in late January 1999. Police had been investigating since then, while the lawsuits piled up.
Douglas County Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp declined to comment on Lemesany's case.
The Lemesanys are scheduled to give their depositions in the civil cases Friday morning. William Lemesany is scheduled to make a first appearance on the criminal matter at 3 p.m. Nov. 14.