Hubby Busted for Hacking Into Cheating Wife's Email

He faces 5 years in prison

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 27, 2010 2:42 AM CST | Updated Dec 27, 2010 6:00 AM CST

(Newser) – A Michigan man faces five years in prison if convicted of felony charges for hacking into his wife's email. Leon Walker, 33, was busted after he accessed his wife Clara's account—and discovered she was having an affair. The affair was with her second husband, who was once arrested for beating her in front of her son. So Walker, who is Clara's third husband, turned over the emails to the boy's biological dad (husband No. 1) to protect the boy, he says.

"I have to ask, 'Don't prosecutors have more important things to do with their time?'" asked Walker's attorney. In charging him, prosecutors relied on a Michigan statue previously used to prosecute those who commit identify theft or steal trade secrets. It's the first time it has been used in a domestic case. The case is likely to impact divorce cases, nearly half of which involve some sort of snooping into private accounts, reports the Detroit Free Press. (Click for a scientific explanation of why some people can't stay faithful.)

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