A middle-school principal has been charged in a case involving a video recording taken in a high school girls’ locker room last winter.
The principal, Wendee Long, of Denton County, Texas, was indicted on two counts last Thursday, according to The Star-Telegram. One count is a felony for improper photography or visual recording, and the other is for unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications (also known as wiretapping).
The felony sentence ranges from 180 days to two years, as well as fines up to $10,000, while the second charge is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 as well.
Long was released from the Denton County Jail after posting a $25,000 bond on Tuesday. WFAA reports that the middle-school principal’s daughter reportedly planted the cameras at an Argyle High School girl’s locker room earlier this school year.
Court documents show that Long used her 17-year-old, Caydan Long, who hid a cell phone camera inside the locker room during an away basketball game in Sanger.
Long’s two daughters played for the team, and the principal was allegedly upset with the team’s coach for being too stern with the players. She was hoping that the coach, Skip Townsend, 61, would yell at the girls during a half-time meeting during a February game. They assure, however, that nothing inappropriate was recorded.
WFAA notes that Long’s attorney, Daniel Peugh, states his client has not committed a crime. He wrote in a statement to the network that:
“She has not violated any law. We do not believe anything has taken place that should involve the justice system.”
Do you think that middle-school principal Wendee Long should be charged for having her daughter hide a camera in the girls’ locker room?