Point of Beginning

Feud between Oldsmar neighbors brings eavesdropping charge

September 30, 2009
The feud between neighbors began over the placement of a fence. Three years later, the feud turns into felony charges for stalking and interception of wire, oral or electronic communications.
 


St. Petersburg Times
By Rita Farlow, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, September 6, 2009
 
OLDSMAR - The Smith family was under surveillance. Every day. Every time they stepped outside their house.
 
"We feel very violated and afraid," said Carol Smith, speaking for her husband, Terry, and their children.
 
The source of their fear is Timothy Dederick, with whom they had a long-running dispute over a fence on the boundary between their two properties on Evergreen Drive.
 
Dederick installed a sophisticated video and audio surveillance system with at least six cameras pointed right at the Smiths' home, authorities said in an affidavit.
 
The Smiths' fears grew when they found out that Dederick wasn't just watching them.
 
He was also listening to and recording their conversations.
 
When Dederick did that, authorities say, he committed a felony.
 
The feud began about three years ago when Dederick sued the couple, alleging their fence was on his property and that they continually antagonized him. ...