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County Commission to Investigate Attorney's Surveillance

County Commission to Investigate Attorney's Surveillance

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Utah County commissioners are launching a closed-door personnel investigation into whether the county attorney violated policy by having county-owned surveillance equipment installed in a condominium owned by his estranged wife and occupied by his son.

The equipment ended up recording the wife of prosecutor Kay Bryson in bed with an other man. Since then, state Rep. Katherine Bryson, R-Orem, has alleged her husband misused public resources and invaded her privacy by having the equipment installed.

Kay Bryson said he was trying to determine if someone was burglarizing his son's residence. He said it was merely a coincidence that his wife's meeting with a man at the condominium was recorded.

The Brysons have been involved in a bitter divorce, and Katherine Bryson has contacted Salt Lake City police and the state Attorney General's office about her complaint.

Utah County Commissioner Jerry Grover declined to comment on the allegations, saying the commission would deal with them behind closed doors because it was an employee matter.

"The County Commission has no authority to investigate anything other than the personnel issue," Grover said. "That's all I can say."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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