East Hampton Landlord Gets Probation for Taping Tenants

Donald Torr,
Donald Torr. Photo credit: Courtesy Suffolk County DA

Donald Torr, an East Hampton landlord who pleaded guilty to unlawfully surveilling his tenants, was sentenced Thursday to five years probation.

According to authorities, Torr, 71, placed seven cameras throughout a Winterberry Lane rental home, including in the bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways. The camera’s were connected to a digital video recorder in the basement, and a router allowed for remote viewing, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said.

Judge Barbara Kahn sentenced Torr for 14 counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance. He additionally pleaded guilty to nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child, for which he was sentenced to three years probation, to run concurrently.

The sentence fell far short of the district attorney’s office recommendation: two and two-thirds to eight years imprisonment.

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