Child Pornographer's $500,000 Home at Stake
(CN) - A federal judge agreed to attach the home of a child pornographer to a lawsuit that claims the man secretly videotaped his daughter's friend showering and made her drink his semen.
According to a memorandum opinion that cites the original lawsuit, Maredith Corominas visited a friend at the home of her parents, Ronald and Stacey Oshrin, in Budd Lake, N.J., from 2007 to 2012.
Ronald Oshrin had hidden video cameras throughout his home, and distributed the footage as Internet pornography "over a prolonged period of time."
The FBI notified Corominas on April 9, 2012, that she had been identified as a victim: that Oshrin "took photographs and video of her in his home in various stages of undress and using the shower and the toilet."
Because Oshrin once served Corominas a beverage into which he had ejaculated, "the FBI advised [her] that she should undergo testing for [STDs]," according to the memorandum opinion.
Oshrin was federally charged with distribution of child pornography and pleaded guilty to production of child pornography on Dec. 20, 2012.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 years of supervised release.
Corominas sued the Oshrins on Oct. 11, 2013, alleging emotional distress against both parents and invasion of privacy against Mr. Oshrin.
Corominas claims she has "suffered severe anxiety and depression which has negatively affected her everyday life" and "was forced to drop out of college and recently needed to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital" for 12 days last May.
She claims that Mrs. Oshrin ignored her husband's behavior and intentionally and recklessly "failed to stop or report [Oshrin] to the authorities."
Because the Oshrins' home is on the market for nearly $500,000, Corominas moved for a writ of attachment to secure the home for a potential future judgment in her favor.
U.S. District Judge James Clark III partially granted the motion last week, finding that Corominas is likely to succeed on her claims against Mr. Oshrin.
"The court is not persuaded by defendants' argument that Oshrin's conduct had nothing to do with plaintiff and indeed, finds this argument to be disingenuous," the unpublished ruling states. "Plaintiff has provided several letters from the U.S. Department of Justice evidencing her identification as a witness and including the criminal docket number for Oshrin's case. Ultimately, Oshrin pleaded guilty to child pornography, the very criminal activity for which the FBI identified plaintiff as a victim."
Though statutory grounds weigh against Mr. Oshrin, it is a "stretch" to characterize Mrs. Oshrin's failure to act as reckless or intentional, the ruling states.
"The court notes that defendants have not argued that Oshrin's conduct does not constitute an outrageous battery and in the absence of any such objection, the court accepts that his conduct would have constituted an 'outrageous battery,'" Clark wrote.
The judge added: "However, plaintiff cannot show, and indeed does not argue, that an order for a civil arrest could have been obtained with respect to Mrs. Oshrin. Therefore, the court finds that plaintiff has again only satisfied her burden with respect to Mr. Oshrin."
The court attached the Oshrins' property, finding that Corominas satisfied her burden for a writ of attachment with respect to Mr. Oshrin.