Dykstra Hit With $1.35 Million Lawsuit
Victim argues emotional distress after allegedly being taped while changing at a pool party.
Craig Dykstra, a former AOL executive, spent five days in jail on misdemeanor charges in 2010 for secretly taping Westfield High School students as they changed inside his home after a post-prom pool party.
Fairfax County prosecutors followed up a few months later with five charges of possession of child pornography—which were later dropped.
But Dykstra's legal troubles aren't over yet. At the end of May, one of the victims filed a $1.35 million civil lawsuit against him in Fairfax County Circuit Court, alleging "severe and extreme" emotional distress. She is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages, plus interest and costs, court documents show.
The woman, 18 at the time of the taping, is not being named here because she was allegedly the victim of a misdemeanor crime.
Her attorneys alleged in a complaint that "...Mr. Dykstra had intentionally concealed a small pen-like digital camera in the changing room and he positioned the camera such that it would capture images of the high school students changing at the post-prom party."
Dykstra's attorneys, who responded to the complaint near the end of June, wrote that the "defendant has never seen any video showing the plaintiff in any state of undress," and therefore denies the allegations. They also wrote that Dykstra placed the camera in the room because he was concerned about money being stolen from clothing and possible underage drinking.