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Trial for former school official begins today

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

Wendee Long accused of improperly recording video

The trial of a former Argyle school board member accused of improperly recording video in a Sanger High School girls’ locker room in February 2012 is scheduled to begin today.

Wendee Long allegedly convinced her daughter to help her record footage during halftime at a varsity basketball game between Sanger and Argyle on Feb. 7, 2012, according to Sanger police records. 

First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said Friday that since Long's case is pre-trial, the district attorney's office would not comment at this time.

Long’s attorney, Barry Sorrels, said Long is happy her trial date is finally here. 

“The 12 fair and impartial jurors who hear this case will be the first people to know all the facts of this case and be given all the law that applies to these charges,” he said. 

Long was indicted last year by a Denton County grand jury on charges of improper photography or visual recording, a second-degree felony. Her daughter was no-billed, officials said.

According to jail records, Long posted $25,000 bail in July of last year.

In a past interview, Beck said that people who have never been convicted of a felony offense are eligible for probation. If convicted of the improper visual recording charge, Long could face 180 days to two years in a state jail. She also could face a fine of up to $10,000.

Long was on the Argyle ISD school board from 2009-12. She ran for re-election and was defeated. Long served as a principal at Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, part of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district, for five years before the allegations against her were made.

Court records show jury selection will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Margaret Barnes’ 367th District Court at the Denton County Courthouse located at 1450 E. McKinney St. 

Opening arguments are set for Tuesday morning, officials said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.