Fired Deputy Gives Explanation For Bugging Neighbor

MOUNTAIN HOME - A Mountain Home police detective says a Baxter County sheriff's deputy who was arrested for allegedly planting a listening device in his neighbor's apartment gave investigators a "wishy washy'' explanation for why he bugged the residence. Detective Eddie Griffin says it was not law enforcement related.

Griffin says David Paul gave a vague personal reason. The 35-year-old Paul was fired after the neighbor discovered the microphone and police investigated Sunday. Paul was arrested yesterday on misdemeanor charges of harassment and criminal mischief. He was booked in the Baxter County jail, then released on his own recognizance. Griffin would not release the neighbor's name, saying the criminal investigation is ongoing and the man did not want his name made public. Police say Paul allegedly accessed his neighbor's upstairs apartment by going through his own ceiling.

Authorities noted four holes in the ceiling of Paul's apartment, and authorities say Paul admitted to cutting the holes and trying to eavesdrop. The neighbor said he noticed the microphone when he walked across the carpet and felt something underneath. He made a small cut in the carpet and found a computer type microphone.

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