June 4, 2009 in City

Lawsuit brought against peeper

Thomas Clouse tomc@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5495

A couple who owns a downtown condominium has sued the former federal security guard who pleaded guilty last year to using security cameras in the U.S. Courthouse complex to watch women undress.

The civil suit filed by Kerry and Pamela Novell claims that Darin E. Wanless watched Pamela Novell undress through her window.

As a result, the suit claims, she continues to “suffer the loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, emotional distress, injuries to the mind, fear, humiliation, outrage, depression, and other emotional injuries and is entitled to damages in an amount to be proven at the time of trial,” the suit states.

The lawsuit also names Wanless’ employer, Secure Solutions LLC, for failure to supervise Wanless or take appropriate action after his superiors and co-workers learned of his actions.

Wanless “intentionally intruded upon the solitude and seclusion of plaintiff’s private affairs,” the suit states.

Wanless was fired in June 2007 after another security guard reported the conduct.

Then on Aug. 7, 2007, prosecutors charged Wanless with four felonies.

Instead of going to trial, he struck a plea bargain.

On July 29, 2008, he pleaded guilty to one count of felony voyeurism; the three other similar charges were dismissed.

The security cameras he used, with powerful zoom lenses, are on the rooftop of the post office that adjoins the courthouse.

The phone number listed for Secure Solutions has been disconnected.

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