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Residents testify in peephole trial

October 5, 2002

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Amy Miller is still angry about being spied on two years ago through peepholes in her apartment walls.

"I'm extremely angry every time I check the blinds at night," Miller told a Douglas County jury Friday. "I'm extremely angry every time I wake up with a nightmare."

Miller is one of eight people suing the owners of Parkway Terrace Apartments, 2340 Murphy Drive, alleging invasion of privacy. Their cases are being tried before Judge Jack Murphy.

The plaintiffs are seeking at least $250,000 in damages from William J. Lemesany and his wife, Mary Lemesany. They say the Lemesanys were negligent in allowing the holes to exist and invaded their privacy.

Residents began discovering the peepholes in their bedroom and bathroom walls in January 1999. Lawrence Police were called to investigate.

The peepholes allowed someone to see into apartments while standing in maintenance hallways or closets that ran between apartments. Police found traces of semen by the holes and sweat stains on the walls around them.

William Lemesany was later charged with 10 criminal counts of eavesdropping. That case is pending.

More than two dozen lawsuits were filed against the Lemesanys, but some have been settled.

Miller said she and her roommate at the time, Christine Prescott, moved out after the peepholes were discovered. Prescott will testify next week.

Also testifying Friday was Pete Kay. He said neighbors had informed him and his two roommates, another man and woman, about the peepholes. They discovered holes in their own rooms.

"It's a pretty sick thing to have to think about," Kay said.

Kay said he still suffered nervousness and had trouble sleeping. He said he got jittery every time he heard a strange sound in the apartment where he now lives.

Miller said she had not sought psychological help in dealing with the incidents. Kay said he sought help from a psychologist last summer about his anxieties.

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