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Incarcerated Conn. Landlord Faces New Sexual Misconduct Charges

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The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit in Connecticut against a New London landlord who they say used rental properties to harass female tenants.

The department says sexual harassment, coercion, intimidation and threats violate the federal Fair Housing Act.

The lawsuit alleges New London property owner Richard Bruno made unwelcome sexual advances and threatened eviction if female tenants did not comply.   

Bruno allegedly forced his tenants and their minor female children to view “dungeons” or “sex rooms” in his rental properties. Bruno is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for producing child pornography at one of the properties.

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages to compensate the victims, and a court order to prevent future discrimination.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.