Woman Sues Ex Over Trove of Secret Tapes
(CINCINNATI) — An Ohio woman is suing her ex-husband after she said he spied on her with a hidden video camera, microphone and a GPS for months in their home.
Cathy Zang learned about the recordings during their 2009 divorce proceedings after 14 years of marriage, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Her ex-husband, Joe Zang, admitted to installing all the equipment, but denied doing anything wrong, according to court documents.
After learning of the secret recordings, Cathy Zang searched her home and found numerous recording devices.
“He [Joe Zang] put small microphones and small cameras in wall outlets and disguised them as actual wall outlets. It’s a complete view of the computer area, the kitchen area, the living room area,” said Cathy Zang’s attorney, Don Roberts.
One secret recording in particular captured a vicious fight between the couple, including the exact moment the police showed up during the dispute.
While the Zangs’ divorce is now final and out of court, the recordings are at the center of a federal court battle over the right to privacy amidst 21st century technology. Two lawsuits are now pending in U.S. District Court that involve nearly a dozen of the former couple’s friends and family and a computer monitoring software company.
It’s not clear what laws Joe Zang has broken since he installed the devices in his own home.
Ohio and federal wiretapping laws permit audio recording as long as one of the parties in the conversation is aware of the recording.
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