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A Virginia cop and his wife face criminal charges after she secretly taped him to prove he was having an affair and accidentally captured what could be key information in a felony trial.

Sharon Maddox, 41, admitted at a bail hearing on Wednesday to bugging her husband, Chesapeake Police Officer Sean Maddox, after fears he was cheating on her last April. She told local news outlet 10 On Your Side that she surreptitiously placed a recording device in her police car for three days after finding a blonde hair in her car and suspicious activity on her Facebook.

According to her lawyer, Kristin Paulding, the tape confirmed what Sharon suspected: that her husband was sleeping with a local 911 dispatcher. The recording could have remained secret forever if the dispatcher had not accused Sean Maddox weeks later. of abducting and raping her on April 27, the day after his wife put the recording device in his car.

On June 1, Maddox was arrested for kidnapping, rape and sodomy. Sharon’s lawyer said she voluntarily turned over her tapes to her husband’s defense lawyer after his arrest, in a bid to prove her innocence. When Chesapeake police began questioning Sharon about the tapes, Paulding said, they thought they were looking for evidence against him. Instead, they accused her this week of wiretapping for making the secret tape.

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“She was definitely a little blindsided because she didn’t know they were actually investigating her,” Paulding said. “She believed they wanted the recording to help with the case against her husband, which was already moving forward.”

Maddox is a 13-year veteran of the Chesapeake Police Department, where he served as a lieutenant before losing his job over the charges. According to the 911 dispatcher’s testimony in court, the two began having an affair in January of last year, which quickly evolved into them having sex at least once a week. By April, however, the dispatcher said, she had begun to suspect that the officer was not going to leave his wife and she began to think about ending the relationship.

On April 26, she claims, Sean Maddox gave her $100 cash to book a hotel room and ordered her to meet him there that night, as they often did. The dispatcher claims she booked the hotel room, but instead had a date with another police officer, during which time she claims Maddox called and texted her 25 times.

On her way home early that morning, she claims, she was stopped by a Chesapeake patrol car, which turned out to be Maddox. She claims he threatened to charge her with a false offense and forced her into a hotel, where he orally, anally and vaginally raped her. She also says he filmed parts of the encounter and threatened to send it to anyone else she tried to date.

Days later, according to an arrest warrant obtained by 13 News Now, Maddox texted her to say she had “no idea how hard I had to try to control myself and not do anything. bad things,” later clarifying, “For you, a lot of the things, hurt you.

“And that’s always an option,” he reportedly added. “Keep your head on a swivel.”

Maddox’s defense attorneys paint a different version of events, claiming the dispatcher was a scorned lover who turned against the officer when he refused to leave his wife. They claimed at the hearing that she sent several text messages in the days after the alleged assault saying she loved him and wanted to be with him, and accusing him of ‘ghosting’ her when he did not answer. (The woman said she did not recall sending those messages at the time.)

In a statement to The Daily Beast, lawyer Taite Westendorf called the case “a real example of Fatal attractionand said the woman had ‘admitted to being in love with Mr Maddox and becoming emotionally unstable when he refused to leave his family for her’.

“Mr. Maddox is absolutely innocent of all charges and looks forward to a jury of his peers exercising the common sense that has been sorely lacking in the government’s approach to this case,” he said.

Sharon Maddox’s lawyer, meanwhile, says she doesn’t understand why police would bring charges against the veteran animal control sergeant when neither her husband nor the dispatcher requested them.

“She’s just trying to look after her own interests and see if her marriage is falling apart – which in fact it was – then they turn around and her own employer stands by her,” said said Paulding.

Sharon has not yet been charged but she lost her job at Animal Control. Maddox is scheduled to go on trial May 17.

Paulding and Westendorf say their clients support each other through their respective trials, although they declined to comment on their current living conditions. At his bail hearing, Sharon told a judge that Maddox could return to their family home if released, and Paulding said Maddox was in court for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

“They definitely form a united front to support each other in each of their cases,” she said.

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