The principal of a Denton County, Tex., middle school is accused of enlisting her 17-year-old daughter to rig up a hidden camera in the female locker room at a local high school. Her motive, police say, was not sexual. Wendee Long, 46, allegedly wanted to record the goings-on inside the locker room at halftime during a basketball game. Her daughter had complained that the team’s new coach yelled too much, and Long wanted to have proof.
Long was indicted last week on two felony charges: improper photography or visual recording, and unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications. The second charge, also known as wiretapping, carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Authorities got wind of the video after it was sent anonymously to school board members. The footage did not show any girls undressing. Long’s daughter, who quit the team before the video came to light, is not charged. According to court documents, Long is free after posting $25,000 bail.