W.Va. lawmakers grill jail agency over spy camera

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers want to know more about a surveillance device found in the ceiling of a jail agency administrative office.

But they got few answers Monday from jails chief Joe DeLong or his boss, Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton.

A jails agency official, John Lopez, alleges he found the device in his office this summer. A document cited during Monday’s House-Senate interim committee meeting suggests Lopez has since complained to the U.S. Justice Department.

But DeLong and Thornton said they aren’t aware of any resulting investigation. DeLong also said that Lopez has yet to talk to him about the alleged discovery.

Both DeLong and Thornton declined to say if they knew anything about how the camera got there. They did say that surveillance video might be justified in some cases.

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