FAIRMONT — A 33-year-old Fairmont man accused of keeping tabs on his estranged wife with a voice recorder and GPS tracking device earlier this year faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 17.

The complaint states that Travis Brandon Michael of 1517 Farrell St., Fairmont is charged with felony interception of communications.

Police said the victim, who at the time was going through a divorce with Michael, said she found a device in her car when she was cleaning it out. Under the driver’s seat, she saw a USB voice recorder disguised as a thumb drive, the complaint states.

Then, the woman searched the rest of her vehicle and found an encased GPS tracking device on the inside of her spare tire rim in the trunk of the vehicle, the complaint states.

In one of two files on the recorder, the victim and juveniles can be heard having a conversation with another female via the phone, according to the complaint. The victim said she and the female she was talking to were not aware that they were being recorded, police said.

The officer investigated the case then spoke to Michael.

“Travis Michael stated he had placed the voice recorder and the GPS tracking system in the vehicle due to him thinking that the victim was having an affair and wanted to track where she was taking their children and see who she was talking to,” the complaint states.

Michael faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 before Marion County Magistrate Melissa Pride Linger.

Court records show Michael’s bail was set at $5,012, which was posted.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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