Leon Walker has been charged under anti-hacking laws aimed at preventing
identity theft in the US. The 33-year-old had suspected his wife Clara, who
had been married twice before was having an affair with her former husband.
He is alleged to have used his computer skills to gain access to her Gmail
email account on the shared home computer. Mr Walker discovered a series of
emails which confirmed his suspicions that his wife was cheating on him.
With nearly half US divorce cases involving some form of privacy invasion
such as the reading of text messages or social networking web pages, the
case could have significant legal repercussions.
As her second husband had previously been arrested for beating her in front
of her son, Walker handed the emails over to the boy's father.
The concerned father, Clara's first husband, sought sole custody of the boy
and was forced into revealing Walker had leaked him the emails.