Aaron Hernandez sues over hacked jailhouse phone calls

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pre-trial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a status conference in his upcoming double murder trial, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has sued a company that records jailhouse phone calls after an unknown person apparently listened to some of his calls.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston charges Dallas-based Securus Technologies Inc. with negligence, breach of contract and invasion of privacy.

It demands that Securus provide an account of how the conversations were accessed, how many were heard and who listened.

The suit says the company’s “electronic database” was breached and “an unauthorized party obtained improper access” to Hernandez’s phone recordings.

The calls were hacked in 2014 while Hernandez was in a Boston jail awaiting trial in the killing of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no parole and is awaiting trial in the unrelated double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012.

The Suffolk Sheriff’s Department, which oversees the jail, has confirmed the calls were hacked.

Securus records all phone calls in and out of the jail, except for those protected by attorney-client privilege. It has since tightened security.

Leonard Freiman, an attorney for Securus, told the Boston Herald the company plans to respond to the complaint and will preserve potentially relevant information.

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