Leon Walker of Rochester Hills is charged with unlawfully reading his then-wife’s e-mail, and sentenced to 5 years jail term. Leon logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara Walker. Using her password, he accessed her Gmail account and learned she was cheating.
“Leon Walker was Clara Walker’s third husband. Her e-mail showed she was having an affair with her second husband, a man who once had been arrested for beating her in front of her small son. Leon Walker, worried that the child might be exposed to domestic violence again, handed the e-mails over to the child’s father, Clara Walker’s first husband. He promptly filed an emergency motion to obtain custody,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
Leon Walker was arrested in Feb’09, after Clara Walker learned he had provided the e-mails to her first husband.
“It’s going to be interesting because there’re no clear legal answers here,” said Frederick Lane, a Vermont attorney and nationally recognized expert who has published five books on electronic privacy. The fact that the two still were living together, and that Leon Walker had routine access to the computer, may help him, Lane said.
Several area defense attorneys were astonished by the filing of the criminal charges.
“What’s the difference between that and parents who get on their kids’ Facebook accounts?” attorney Deborah McKelvy said. “You’re going to have to start prosecuting a whole bunch of parents.”