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Web Exclusive: Technology helps target "Cheaters"

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(CBS/KHOU) - The scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus has put cheating back in the spotlight, and these days, technology is making it tough for spouses to hide an affair.

Gary Huestis, of Houston, is not your average private investigator.  Sure, cheaters are his prey.  But his bag of tools targets only electronics-- phones, computers, anything that stores information.

As divorce attorney Cindy Diggs said cheating "is not a lipstick on the collar thing."

"Now, it is Facebook, texting, which we call ‘sexting' sometimes when it becomes explicit, and as you have seen lately emails," Diggs said.

Emails revealed Petraeus had an affair with his biographer.  More often, Huestis catches cheaters using cell phones.  "Sending text messages and sometimes using a fake name changing the gender of the name and then deleting them on top of that," Huestis said.

"It's so true," Diggs said.  "They send nude photos of themselves or obvious love messages or sex messages.  They do make a mess of their lives undoubtedly."

That is because forensic investigators like Huestis are able to use devices to recover deleted texts, pictures, videos and emails.  Often, it becomes evidence in divorce court.  It is also a major reason Huestis gets 10 calls a day from lawyers and spouses anxious to catch cheaters.

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