Oak Park B&B Sued for Negligence

A couple is suing an Oak Park bed and breakfast in connection to a 2005 sexual assault

Wednesday, May 11, 2011  |  Updated 10:10 AM CDT
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Oak Park B&B Sued for Negligence

A suburban bed and breakfast was hit with a six-figure lawsuit claiming management failed to ensure guests' safety during a 2005 visit.

Linda and Wayne Mallory filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the Harvey House Bed & Breakfast on Scoville Avenue in Oak Park.

The suit claims the couple stayed at the bed and breakfast on June 29, 2005, when innkeeper Beth Harvey failed to close a security door while tending to yard work. The suit claims a person used the open door, entered the couple's room and sexually assaulted Linda.

The couple is suing because they say Harvey House failed to provide self-locking devices, dead bolts, chain locks or peep holes on the guest room doors. The bed and breakfast also failed to have a surveillance system to protect guests, according to the suit.

The Mallorys claim Linda suffered physical injuries, mental anguish and was unable to enjoy normal intimacy and sexual relations with her husband.

The suit seeks more than $100,000 in damages for negligence and lost consortium as well as court costs.

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