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Police: White Oak man videotaped estranged spouse

By Richard Yeakley
Oct. 4, 2012 at 11 p.m.


A White Oak man was being held Thursday in the Gregg County Jail after police said he was spying on his estranged wife through cameras hidden inside her house.

Dean Jeff Johnson, 43, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant that accused him of improper visual recording after his estranged wife, Melody Johnson, reported finding hidden cameras in her White Oak home.

Assistant Police Chief Terry Roach said White Oak police officers confiscated numerous tapes from Dean Johnson's house containing recordings of his estranged wife that were videotaped inside her house.

An arrest warrant specifies two videocassettes were found at his residence, which is next door to her home.

"On one tape, there is a visual recording of Melody's bedroom with the focal point centered on Melody's bed ... On the second video, there is a visual recording of Melody having a discussion inside her bedroom with her friend ...," according to the arrest warrant.

An IT specialist with the White Oak Police Department is examining the tapes to see if any contain explicit material.

Police began investigating the case Sept. 30 after Melody Johnson reported a burglary.

During an interview about the burglary, Melody Johnson told police she suspected the burglar was her estranged husband and neighbor Dean Johnson, because she had discovered the hidden cameras on June 6 in her living room focused on her couch.

"This camera was a small camera, approximately two-by-two inches in width and length. This camera had a small wire on top with no other plugs plugged into it. This camera is capable of transmitting images wirelessly to a wireless receiver," the arrest warrant said.

According to the arrest warrant the devices could only transmit a signal about 300 feet.

She said she found the second camera on Sept. 20 under her television in her bedroom aimed at her bed.

Roach said police believe the cameras were placed while the couple was separated.

While investigating the burglary, police also found a camera in the front window of Dean Johnson's house pointed at his estranged wife's driveway.

The case remains under investigation by the White Oak Police Department. Dean Johnson was held Thursday in the Gregg County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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