For release on June 12, 2015
Deputy District Attorney
LUPIN LODGE OWNERS CHARGED AFTER WATER DIVERSION
The owners of a clothing-optional resort in Los Gatos have been charged with felony conspiracy to commit trespassing for the purpose of injuring a property right, after they repeatedly diverted water from a section of a local creek that they did not own.
Glyn Stout, 77, and his wife Lori Kay Stout, 53, co-owners of Lupin Lodge, conspired to pipe water to their drought-affected business despite numerous warnings to stop, according to the charges. Also facing the charges are resident-employees John Berryessa, 49, and Michael Buckland, 38.
The Stouts are scheduled to be arraigned on July 13, 2015, at the Hall of Justice. Buckland will be arraigned on July 14, 2015. If convicted, they face up to three years in county jail.
Last July, the defendants asked Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District if they could install temporary lines to collect water from Hendry’s Creek on the MROSD managed property for use at their lodge. MROSD officials declined the request.
Despite this, between July 28, 2014, and November 1, 2014, employees of Lupin Lodge repeatedly trespassed onto the property managed by MROSD on foot and in various vehicles. Evidence shows that an old fire trail was cleared, causing significant environmental damage, and multiple water lines were installed into Hendry’s Creek and other springs on the MROSD property. All of the water lines ran to or delivered water to the Lupin Lodge water system.
Several photographs of individuals trespassing and carrying plastic tubing were taken by wildlife cameras.
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