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Reading Spouse's Email = Cyber Crime

man yelling at computer 385 Reading Spouse's Email = Cyber Crime

A Michigan man is headed to court on a criminal case involving his now ex-wife’s e-mail account. 

“The Detroit Free Press” reports that Rochester Hills resident Leon Walker is facing up to five years in prison on charges that he read personal e-mails addressed to his spouse while the couple was married.  Prosecutors in Oakland County, Michigan are charging Walker under a statute that typically applies to identity theft or other “cyber crimes.”  Walker allegedly used his wife Clara’s password to read her e-mails in an attempt to confirm that she was having an affair.  The couple has since divorced, but Leon’s legal battle is just beginning.  The 33-year-old will go to trial on the e-mail charges on February 7, 2011.  Experts weighing in on the matter say it may be hard for the prosecution to prove Walker’s actions.


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