UF frat members sued over sex tape


Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 12:44 a.m.

A Boca Raton woman is suing two University of Florida students and their fraternity for secretly videotaping her having sex with one of them.

The 20-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in Palm Beach County. She seeks more than $15,000 in damages from Ben Farias, 21; Kyle Kraft, 20; and the UF chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity for invasion of privacy and other offenses.

The case involves a Nov. 5, 2006, incident in Farias’ room at the fraternity house at 1926 W. University Ave. Farias arranged for Kraft to hide in a bunk bed in his room with a video camera, according to a Gainesville police report.

Farias then had consensual sex in an adjoining bed with the woman, who did not know she was being taped, the report said. The woman discovered Kraft hiding under the blanket and wrestled with him to take the tape, according to the suit.

Farias and Kraft were each charged with a misdemeanor count of voyeurism. Both pleaded no contest and were sentenced to 10 days in jail, 50 hours of community service and a year of probation.

Farias is a junior anthropology major and Kraft is a senior accounting major, according to UF spokesman Steve Orlando. He said there is no record of the woman attending UF.

The suit claims the fraternity failed to adequately supervise its members, based on previous incidents there.

The same year as the taping, UF’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta had incidents in which two underage students drinking at the house were sent to the emergency room, according to UF records.

The fraternity received a social suspension through fall 2007 and was not allowed to recruit new members in spring 2006 and fall 2007, those records show. Orlando said the fraternity is currently in good standing.

Farias, Kraft and a fraternity representative could not be reached for comment. The woman and her attorney, Mark Auerbacher of Miami, declined comment.

Nathan Crabbe can be reached at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com.

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