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Wendee Long, a former Argyle school board member, turned herself in to authorities on two felony charges Monday in connection with a video allegedly recorded in a girls locker room at a varsity basketball game in February.
A Denton County grand jury indicted Long on Thursday on charges of improper photography or visual recording; and unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications, said Jamie Beck, first assistant district attorney. According to county jail records, Long posted $25,000 bail. "Wendee maintains, and I agree, that she has not violated any law," Peugh wrote. However, now that we find ourselves in the system we are confident that Wendee will be cleared of any wrongdoing." If convicted of the improper visual recording charge, Long could face 180 days to two years in a state jail. Long, a principal of five years at Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, part of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district, informed her employers of the charges Friday and has since been placed on administrative leave, district spokeswoman Kristin Courtney said. Long has been an educator for 18 years and an administrator for nine, according to a letter on the Wayside website. She served a three-year term on the Argyle school board from 2009-12 before running for re-election and being defeated in the May 12 school board race.
Wendee Long, Principal
Wayside Middle School
Wendee Long, principal at Wayside Middle School, has been placed on administrative leave by the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
FORT WORTH - Wendee Long, the principal at Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, is on administrative leave linked to a criminal investigation in another school district. It all centers around a camera left inside an Argyle High School girl's locker room this year. The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD said Long informed administrators on Friday that she is facing charges. Long has not yet been arrested. She was a member of the Argyle ISD board of trustees at the time of the alleged locker room incident.
Wendee Long, the principal of Wayside Middle School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw district, was released Monday from Denton County Jail after posting a $25,000 surety bond, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The prosecutor said evidence indicated Long devised the plan and encouraged her daughter to make the video. Long has been principal at the school about five years.
Wendee Long, principal of Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas, has been indicted on felony charges of unlawful recording and wiretapping.
Authorities accuse her of enlisting her daughter to record locker room outbursts by the coach of the girls' varsity basketball team during a February game. CAPTION By Wayside Middle School Wendee Long, 46, principal of the Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, was indicted last week by a Denton County grand jury. She posted $25,000 bail and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports (via the Associated Press). Long, who lost re-election to the Argyle school board in May, is accused of enlisting her 17-year-old daughter to surreptitiously record Argyle High girls' basketball coach Skip Townsend in the visitors' locker room during halftime of a Feb. 7 game against rival Sanger, the district attorney's office says. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/07/texas-principal-accused-of-secret-locker-room-recordings/1