Sex trial can hear spyware evidence, judge rules

Graham Cluley

A former high school teacher, accused of having sex with one of his underage pupils has failed to stop evidence – gathered via spyware installed by the girl’s mother – being used by prosecutors.

Ray Samuel Clement III, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl while he taught at her school.

Noticing her daughter’s strange behaviour, and suspecting that something inappropriate was going on, the girl’s mother installed the PC Tattletale program onto her daughter’s computer to spy on her online conversations.

According to local news reports, state District Judge Tony Marabella refused Clement’s request to block the evidence, claiming that the woman did not need her daughter’s consent to install the spyware software. As a result, the information can now be used during Clement’s trial.


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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.