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Estranged Utah husband spied on wife with secret home cameras, police say

Published August 6, 2013 1:01 am

Crime • Husband was under temporary stalking injunction.
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A Pleasant Grove man was arrested on suspicion of using secret cameras to spy on his estranged wife despite being under a stalking injunction.

In jail documents filed Sunday, police wrote that the man had surveillance cameras installed in the couple's home when it was built in 2008 but agreed to remove them because his wife was uncomfortable with them. The man asked his wife for a divorce on Christmas and moved out of their Pleasant Grove home in January.

The woman later hired the installer of the surveillance system to repair her TV, police wrote. The installer told the woman the cameras still were in operation, police wrote. The installer told police that the husband had once asked him to install in the living room two cameras that were designed to look like security motion detectors and not surveillance cameras, investigators wrote. The installer said the husband asked that the cameras be installed while the family was on vacation.

The woman did not know about the covert cameras, police wrote. Investigators and the installer together went to the house on Sunday and found that the husband still had remote access to all of the cameras, police wrote.

The woman said that since her husband moved out, he has made comments about things he could only know if he had been watching the video feed, police wrote. She said she "has felt like a prisoner in her own home," and that she is afraid to leave because her husband knows when she is gone, police wrote.

The woman said her husband controlled all of her finances during their marriage and made her use credit cards so he could monitor her purchases.

The woman also said the husband has been trying to text and call her despite a temporary stalking injunction.

The man was booked into the Utah County jail Sunday on suspicion of stalking and violation of a stalking injunction, both felonies.


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