Principal Wendee Long accused of using daughter to plant camera in locker room
A principal allegedly had her daughter hide a camera in a locker room at another high school to catch the basketball coach yelling at the team.
Wendee Long, from Fort Worth, Texas, allegedly planted the camera after her two daughters had complained the coach shouted too much.
She now faces charges of improper photography and wiretapping, and could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.
Her 17-year-old daughter Caydan, who does not face any charges, placed a camera phone inside a locker at Argyle High School and pressed record.
It did not capture coach Skip Townsend, 61, saying or doing anything inappropriate during the half-time meeting, authorities told WFAA-TV.
Someone anonymously sent the video to the superintendent and several board members and Long turned herself in to authorities.
'The intent is to invade someone's privacy,' Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said.
Long, 46, has been the principal at Wayside Middle School for five years in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw district.
She has now been placed on paid administrative leave and the school district will conduct its own investigation.
She was also previously a member of the school board in the Argyle district.
Long's attorney, Daniel Peugh, said he was surprised by the charges and said no laws were broken.
'She has not violated any law,' Peugh told WFAA. 'We do not believe anything has taken place that should involve the justice system.'
Julie Sheridan, whose daughter was in the locker room at the time, said: 'I don’t understand why someone would go to those lengths to break a law to try to get something to go the way they want it to go.'
Long's daughters have quit the basketball team.
She has been released from jail on a $25,000 bond.
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