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Texas Woman Charged After “Bugging” Her Child’s Toy To Record Ex-Husband’s Conversation

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 HOUSTON – Thirty-seven-year-old Alma Torres-Williams is accused of bugging a child’s stuffed toy to secretly record hundreds of her ex-husband’s conversations at his home.

Prosecutors said Torres-Williams went online to purchase a recording device designed to look like a USB thumb drive. They said she then sewed it into a stuffed animal, a monkey, that her child carried when visiting Torres-Williams’ ex-husband.

A witness told investigators that he’d heard hundreds of conversations that were recorded without her ex-husband’s knowledge using the device.

“All the products are legal, but how you use it can be illegal,” Sidney May said.

May sells similar items at his surveillance shop in Montrose, but says he always tells customers to be careful about how they’re used.

“When they are eavesdropping without any party being aware, it’s illegal, especially when you’re not a part of that conversation,” May said.

The recording device went missing after a parental visit in the summer of 2015. Torres-Williams’ ex-husband found the stuffed animal at a friend’s house, and opened it to discover the recorder.

A warrant was issued for Torres-Williams last June, but she wasn’t arrested until Wednesday.

She’s charged with interception of wire or oral communication, which is a felony. She’s currently in jail under $10,000 bond.

 

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