Jurors convicted Michael Lyon of eight counts of secretly recording sex acts with hired escorts at his Sacramento home, setting up a potential prison sentence for the one-time local real estate giant.
Jurors on Tuesday also found Lyon not guilty on a single count connected to the recordings and deadlocked on five other charges. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss set sentencing for May 25.
Sacramento County jurors, after days of deliberation, needed another full day Tuesday to render the verdict. Lyon's attorney, Linda Parisi, promised to appeal, saying she planned to raise “significant” issues in calling for a new trial.
Parisi had argued that the sex workers Lyon had hired and secretly recorded in 2013 and 2014 should have had no expectation of privacy to hide their criminal acts and said county prosecutors cut a deal with them in order to target Lyon.
Prosecuting Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Mike Kane argued the women had no idea they were being videotaped until they were contacted by DA’s investigators and never would have consented had they known. Video excerpts played at trial showed Lyon adjusting and concealing video recording equipment and lighting in his bedroom where the acts were captured.
It’s the second time Lyon has been convicted of video voyeurism.
Lyon was convicted in Sacramento Superior Court in 2011 of secretly filming and recording nannies, relatives, friends and sex workers at his various properties. He pleaded guilty in March 2011 to four counts of electronic eavesdropping and later spent 30 days in county confinement and another five months under house arrest.
Lyon agreed in a lawsuit to pay millions of dollars in damages to those who claimed they were secretly recorded in the bedrooms and bathrooms of his homes.
Lyon remains free on his own recognizance pending the May sentencing date.