Starr County authorities arrest RGC city secretary for the second time

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Lyzette Pena, Arrest January 24 (Source: Starr County Jail Records)

Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)—The city secretary for Rio Grande City was arrested for the second time on Thursday morning by the Starr County Attorney’s Office Special Crime Unit.

33-year-old Lyzette Peña was charged with unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of wire andoral or electronic communications, for a second time.

Peña was arrested on January 24 after she intercepted a conversation between a Rio Grande City Human Resource Director, Valerie Brown, and people conducting business in her office by placing a hidden recording device in the office without her knowledge or consent. 

City officials say Peña remains on administrative leave since her first arrest.

“The City is aware of the charges against city employee Lyzette Pena. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, we are unable to comment at this time. Pena remains on paid administrative leave.” said the city.

According to the first arrest affidavits, Brown found a small device under her desk. The device was turned over to Rio Grande City  Police. It was then confirmed that the device was an audio recorder, prompting authorities to revise security camera footage. 

Documents say the footage showed Pena unplugged a small device from her own computer, went outside of City Hall, then returned and entered the Brown’s office. The video also captured Pena exiting the office. 

Further investigation allowed officials to match the time of the video with sound on the recording device. 

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