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What we can learn from Petraeus' affair

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General David Petraeus' extramarital affair has reminded us how dangerous that next email, text or social media post can be.

Most people don't take that as a warning.  Their emotions take control and they end up like the woman who harassed Nicole Mackey.  That woman couldn't stay off the phone and couldn't stop posting on social media.  Mackey said it lasted three years.

"She cursed me, slandered my name, threats on what she was going to do with me once she caught me," Mackey said.

The woman who harassed her was in a relationship with her ex.  Mackey said that woman called her all night and sent her threatening messages on social media.

It didn't stop until police got involved.  That woman faced a criminal charge of telephone harassment.

"The phone calls is one thing, Facebook is another thing but when you actually come to my house, to me that was total disrespect," Mackey said.

Houston attorney Grady Reiff has handled a long list of divorce cases.

"We tell clients stay off Twitter, stay off Facebook," Reiff said.

He said sending texts or posting on social media can come back to haunt you.

"It can create a paper trail because if you're doing things you shouldn't be or talking about things you shouldn't be, you now have given the other side ammunition," he said.  "They're gonna pull that off and use it against you."

If those emails, texts and social media messages don't hurt you at home, they could get you into legal trouble.  The feds can investigate cyber threats while HPD took on Mackey's case of telephone harassment which encompasses threats through emails as well in 2012.

"From there, I was just glad things got resolved," Mackey said.  "I really feel if I had not gone to authorities, it wouldn't have stopped."

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