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Longboat Video Voyeur may lose home to Town

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Longboat Key’s video voyeur who was arrested in September for secretly video taping guests and their sexual acts at his AirBnB rental could lose his condominium unit according to police.

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming says the town and police department are taking steps to confiscate his condo under Florida law, which according to Cumming, allows such action if a felony was committed and the structure was used to commit the felony.

In this case, 56-year-old Longboat Key resident Wayne Natt was arrested on Sept. 29 after a tenant noticed cameras and microphones hidden in smoke detectors located above the master bed and above the living room couch.

Police say that the renters were not aware of the filming and the police subsequently through a search warrant, seized numerous hard drives, of which naked images were recovered of at least one tenant.

If the town and police can prove through a preponderance of evidence that the condo was utilized to commit the felonies for which Natt has been charged, state law, much like drug forfeiture law, allows the seizure of the property.

Town Manager Dave Bullock received approval by Longboat Key Town Commission last Monday to pursue the issue in civil court.

Bullock said that it sends a message that, “penalties are going to be severe here on Longboat Key for such behavior.”

The commission voted narrowly 4-3, approving the pursuit of the property forfeiture.

In order for the town to succeed, it has hired Regina Kardash, an attorney with the town’s retained attorney’s firm, Persson & Cohen, to file the complaint in Manatee County.

The crime was committed in the Manatee section of Longboat Key at 623 Cedars Court in the Cedars East Condominium according to police reports.

If the town is not successful, it stands to lose about $5,000 in filing fees and in paying opposition’s attorneys costs.

The Manatee County Property Appraiser values the condominium at $170,850 and if the town succeeds, that money could be used to pay court costs and go into a law enforcement trust.

Longboat Police are currently going through years of video contained in the numerous hard drives and according to Cumming, there may be more charges and if a child was captured even walking through the room without clothes, the charges could be escalated. Natt is currently free on bail.

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