Man charged with felony for reading his wife’s e-mail to track an affair

A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison — for reading his wife’s e-mail.

Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he 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 having an affair. He now is facing a Feb. 7 trial. She filed for divorce, which was finalized earlier this month.

Leon Walker told the Free Press he routinely used the computer and that she kept all of her passwords in a small book next to the computer.

“It was a family computer,” he said. “I did work on it all the time.”

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