State College Couple Spied On With Hidden Camera Want All Their Recordings Destroyed
WILLIAMSPORT – A State College couple want a federal judge to order a former Penn State student who spied on them for six months with hidden cameras to destroy all of their footage, videos and audio recordings.
The injunction sought Thursday at the US Intermediate District Court by Matthew and Tina Edelstein Crust would also bar Niles D. Knutrud from releasing any of the documents.
Additionally, the couple want Judge Matthew W. Brann to order Knutrud to pay $ 29,950 in attorney fees and $ 465 in additional fees.
On October 14, a jury awarded Tina Crust $ 11,500 in damages and her husband $ 11,000.
Knutrud, 31, of Westborough, Massachusetts, said during the trial he only had $ 32 in his bank accounts.
The former nuclear engineering student explained that he suffers from Crohn’s disease and has severe back disease that requires an expensive fusion every six weeks.
The Crusts were students at Penn State and were dating when in August 2017 they started sharing an apartment on West Aaron Drive at State College with Knutrud, whom they had known for two years.
That year, Knutrud gave them a DVD player as a Christmas present, which he placed at the foot of their bed.
They became suspicious because Knutrud would sometimes take him to his upstairs bedroom. In May 2018, they took him to a Best Buy where staff confirmed the presence of a camera, microphone, and storage device.
A USB card reader viewed during a police investigation contained 43 motion-activated videos, including those of Knutrud setting up the reader and concentrating it on the bed.
Several hard drives, storage devices and computer equipment were found in the apartment, along with two hidden cameras in a bathroom.
The recovered videos included those of Crust and his then-girlfriend naked or partially nude and engaging in sex. There were also audio recordings.
Knutrud was criminally charged in Center County and in March was placed on two-year probation after pleading guilty to a charge of interception of communications.
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