TX principal charged for taping coach in locker room
Did she take abuse suspicions too far?
- Duration 4:07
- Date Jul 6, 2012
Did she take abuse suspicions too far?
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-- middle school principal and Texas is facing up to twenty years in prison twenty years.
For allegedly planning a camera.
And a high school locker room -- prosecutors say Wendy Long wanted to see how her daughters new coach talked to the -- After the girls complain to coach simply was yelling too much police arrested her earlier this week and charges of improper photography.
And wiretapping the question here.
Did she indeed go too far let's bring in our legal panel former prosecutor Dan Schorr and criminal defense attorney John -- -- and so Dan did she go too far.
She absolutely went too far she won't really get twenty years -- probably won't get any jail time at all but she asked to be held accountable she planted a camera.
In -- -- locker room that deathly violates the improper photography statute if not the other higher crime.
And remember what if this is a male principle we did assault and tried to spy on girls in the locker -- that it was to check out the coach you have to draw a line.
This wasn't a public place -- wasn't at a park.
It was -- -- girl's locker and then you have to say that this can't happen.
New John we were asking the question about the locker room after our conversation our editorial meeting because in sentence for the locker room is -- People change and other schools -- that locker room is just a meeting place.
Wary gathering had your halftime talks -- whenever and it's.
Does that DTL matter here or is that a new point.
No it's -- so it actually matters -- because there's an expectation of privacy that is required.
Under this statute in which miss -- is being charged if there was no expectation of privacy then it's gonna be an absolute defense in the case and if Peres that if there was -- Then it -- if there wasn't that act and expectations is gonna be in trouble but again I don't think is gonna did twenty years and in prison I think is -- quite draconian law if you ask me.
I think that there was no -- -- intense.
She what was not checking to see whether or not her daughter was being -- -- mystery you're -- abused so I think at the best case scenario -- should be a civil lawsuit not a criminal wars.
And John what at what -- and John is heading Mason really -- points and we've all seen that footage of Bobby knight's.
Right throwing the chair is add that I mean I was very public display that some coaches really take it too far this is a high school basketball team if I have that correct and you know they were complaining that they were being abused by the -- you know was saying it so if you're concerned parent issue -- Couple steps may be too far in some folks opinion but.
-- -- -- -- It's a legitimate concern I've been a basketball coach and some coaches go too far but there are legitimate other ways to go about trying to solve the problem you can -- -- you -- talk to authorities -- could do.
At a school investigation but you can't put a camera.
Inside -- girls' locker room it sets a precedent that other people could use to a much greater extent and you should be prosecuted I wouldn't expect jail time here but definitely law enforcement should get involved to make sure other people don't do this you know -- I go back to the other point that Dan made if this was a man.
How differently this case me.
-- might be but let me ask you this -- what is the harm or injury in -- -- to the victim in this case what is actually happened where this lady deserves -- -- a felony conviction.
I think it's just harsh the Texas loss state that this could be filed -- -- civil case I think that's where it should go.
To give this lady of felony conviction -- job lose a reputation loser status in the community I just think it's really really hard.
He's issuing -- in twenty years in prison but as a felony convictions -- that you think is suitable here not necessarily that might be a lesser included misdemeanor that she could plead to you so we're not looking to ruin her life however you do you have to set.
The word out in the community that you can't put a camera there what if you're in your own.
Worked out -- and you're in the locker room insulin recorded you but it wasn't when you're changing you -- stable then that's okay you have an expectation of privacy.
In a locker room and that was violated here and that's specifically mentioned in the statute -- quick final thought on this.
I think if it's a public place and there are many people around there is no expectation of privacy if this was a one on one.
A conversation between the coach and another student that perhaps she did violate the law -- saying John and Dan I -- the -- since changed.
His technique get off base on that that could be something interesting to follow up -- nice had to -- today thank you for the time thank you.