Possible Jail Time for Email Snooping Husband

A Michigan man who says he found out about his wife’s cheating ways by reading her email on their computer faces trial next month on felony computer misuse charges, according to Detroit Free Press.

Leon Walker, 33, who used his wife’s password to get into her Gmail account, could face up to five years in jail. He said he had read her emails, but did not believe he had broken the law, WDIV – Detroit reported.

Rummaging through her messages, Walker said he discovered email exchanges between his wife and her second husband that indicated an affair. Walker said his wife's second husband had been arrested on accusations that he abused her. Worried for his daughter's safety, Walker said he turned the emails over to his wife's first husband, with whom she also has a child, according to WDIV.

After the emails were turned over, Walker’s wife Clara called the police.

Frederick Lane, a Vermont attorney and expert on electronic privacy, told Detroit Free Press the case is going to be interesting “because there are no clear legal answers here.” The fact that the couple was living together, and that Walker had routine access to the computer, may help him, Lane said.

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