Charges Dropped Against Virginia Mother Who Tried to Record Bullying

Sarah Sims

Virginia prosecutors said Wednesday they had dropped all charges against a mother who was accused of illegally recording audio from her daughter’s classroom — an action she said was meant to help her determine whether the child was being bullied.

Sarah Sims, 47, of Norfolk, had been charged this month with a felony — intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications — and with a misdemeanor after her daughter’s elementary school told police it confiscated a digital audio recorder in the girl’s desk in September.

Sims could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison had she been convicted of the felony.

There was enough evidence to support the charges, which included a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, commonwealth attorney’s office spokeswoman Amanda Howie said.

“However, after reviewing the facts and circumstances specific to this case, the office is exercising prosecutorial discretion to not pursue the prosecution of this case,” Howie said.

The decision to drop the charges comes two days after Sims explained her side of the story on “CNN Tonight.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Jason Hanna, Alison Kosik and Darran Simon