[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 08/03/20]
MASCOTTE, Florida — A Mascotte man accused of recording his wife in March without her permission is facing a felony charge of interception and disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communication device.
In March, a woman reported finding an electronic recording device in her bedroom to Mascotte Police. The woman said she and her husband, Marc Etienne, 41, had been separated for three months, but were still living in the same house together, according to a probable cause affidavit. She told police they had been having problems the past few weeks and she believed Etienne put the recording device in her room so he could spy on her.
Police questioned Etienne and he admitted buying the recorder and putting it in her room, according to the affidavit. He told police he “just wanted an answer,” and bought the recorder to see what is going on when his is not inside the home. Police listed to the recording and were able to identify the victim’s voice and a warrant was issued for Etienne’s arrest in June.
He was picked up on the warrant July 24 and taken to the Lake County Jail where he was released on $5,000 bond.
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