SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury in South Dakota has awarded a woman $30,000 after finding her ex-husband, a doctor, accessed her medical records without her permission.

Jacqueline Krouse filed a lawsuit in 2015 against Dr. Chris Krouse alleging he repeatedly violating her privacy rights by accessing her medical information. Her ex-husband works at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, which was also named in the lawsuit.

The Argus Leader says a jury in Minnehaha County found in favor of Jacqueline Krouse, but decided the hospital was not liable. Avera argued Dr. Krouse accessed the records using the log-in credentials of other employees in violation of its policies.

Krouse's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to her ex-husband in March 2012. The lawsuit says he ignored the letter and accessed the records four more times after that.


Information from: Argus Leader,