Woman agrees to plea deal in bugged diaper bag case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City woman accused of bugging a diaper bag to monitor conversations between her ex-husband and their children has pleaded guilty an electronic eavesdropping charge.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports (http://bit.ly/1NudPiB) that prosecutors dismissed two other counts against 38-year-old Teri Anne Smith as part of a plea deal.

Smith's defense attorney Rebecca Skordas has argued Smith did not break the law because she believed her children were in danger of abuse when she recorded the conversations in 2012.

Judge Robert Dale refused to dismiss the case, ruling there may have been other people in the home whose conversations were recorded without their knowledge.

Prosecutors disputed her abuse allegations, and no charges were filed against Smith's ex-husband.

Smith is set to be sentenced Jan. 28 on the charge of wiretapping or intercepting electronic communications.


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