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 February 1, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Another development in the Michigan case where an ex-husband is charged with hacking into his then-wife’s email account. Mike Martindale reports:

A Rochester Hills man charged with snooping in his ex-wife’s e-mail without permission said Monday he never tried to tap into Oakland County’s police database system, as alleged by the prosecutor, but was only doing background work for a Freedom of Information Act request on similar incidents.

Leon Walker, 33, was charged in March under an anti-hacking law with acquiring his ex-wife’s password for her Gmail account and then reading her e-mail to determine whether she was seeing a man he felt might be dangerous to their child.

This month, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office filed a “similar acts” motion. A few weeks after being charged, Walker, a county computer technician, asked other county workers about the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System, according to the motion. The database is restricted to official police functions.

The Prosecutor’s Office believes the request supports their allegations that Walker, who told workers he was seeking to help a county clerk, had a habit of accessing others’ personal information without permission. The county clerk denies she ever asked for his help.

Walker contends his actions were innocent and legal.

Read more in the Detroit News.

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