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Woman pleads not guilty to breaking into ex-boyfriend's home, spying on him

A Victor, Mont. woman has plead not guilty to breaking into a Kirkland man's house and attempting to install spyware on his computer.

According to the charging papers filed by the King County Sheriff's Office, Brenda Kay Jurgens, 57, allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend's Kirkland home in the 3100 block of 8th Ave. W on April 30 while the victim was out of town, according to charging documents.

The victim's adult son was checking his father's residence at around 9 p.m. when he allegedly saw her inside and called the police. When the police arrived, they allegedly found Jurgens on the victim's computer. When questioned, she allegedly claimed she heard the victim had been arrested in Montana and was checking on the dog. She allegedly claimed to have entered the house using a garage door opener in her vehicle. When the police asked what she was doing at the computer, Jurgens allegedly said, "Looking to see what was up on email," the documents continue.

After she was advised of her Constitutional rights, Jurgens allegedly admitted she was in the process of installing a spyware software on the victim's computer and produced a five-page document of screenshots on how to install spyware that could not be detected. According to the charging papers, Jurgens had moved out of the victim's house in January and also filed a temporary protection order against him out of the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office in Hamilton, Mont.

Jurgens is charged with residential burglary domestic violence and computer trespass in the first degree. Bail has been set at $30,000. Her next court date is set for May 27.

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