Former Deputy Pleads Guilty Over Bugging Neighbor

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - A former Baxter County sheriff's deputy who installed a listening device in his neighbor's apartment pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge.

David Paul, 35, will serve one day in jail and perform 20 days community service over the bugging.  The device was found April 1 when Paul's neighbors discovered something underneath their apartment's carpet.  The microphone was discovered while Paul was on duty and he was fired from the department that night.

Paul also was ordered to have no contact with the victim, the victim's husband or the victim's child for one year.

Mountain Home City Attorney Roger Morgan says Paul never gave "a clear-cut reason" for planting the electronic listening device.  But Morgan says there may have been problems between the families.  Morgan says the microphone was the type used on a personal computer and was not very sophisticated.

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