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Cumming man’s attorney responds to invasion of privacy case
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Vernon Kyle Rowe

A Cumming man’s attorney on Wednesday shared more of the story of his client who is fighting a charge by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office of invasion of privacy.

Vernon Kyle Rowe, 30, has since been released on bond after investigators took out a warrant Friday. The sheriff’s office said Rowe had a camera disguised as an electrical outlet in a woman’s bedroom.

Attorney Clint Teston said Rowe is the homeowner in the case but is not currently living at the residence.

“They have a legitimation case going on right now,” Teston said. “They have a child together. He lived in that home.”

Legitimation is the process to establish parental rights for a child. The sheriff’s office report lists an address for Flat Rock Drive and the victim’s age as 35.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times Rowe recorded the woman between July and November “without her knowledge and consent.” She notified law enforcement after discovering a light emitting from the device, Ware said.

“Although it was several months, the victim detected it, took it off the wall and at that point was able to identify the recording device or camera,” Ware said.

Ware did not disclose how Rowe and the victim knew each other, and the sheriff’s office did not disclose any new information Wednesday.

According to a section of Georgia law regarding surveillance, it is legal “for an owner or occupier of real property to use for security purposes, crime prevention, or crime detection any device to observe, photograph or record the activities of persons who are on the property or an approach thereto in areas where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

In Teston’s previous statement, Rowe denied any wrongdoing, and his “focus remains on the health and safety of his child.”

Teston did not comment on any alleged installation of a camera.

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