When it comes to adultery, there's no doubt that technology has made it a lot easier to have an affair, whether it involves sending secret texts from your mobile phone or even having illicit IM conversations.

When the virtual reality game Second Life became popular, adulterers quickly found a whole new way to get close to their lovers.

But wherever there's deceit, there's the chance of being caught. Cyber cheats are going to have to be a lot more careful when it comes to sneaking about online, if one Brit's experience is anything to go by.

David Pollard, 40, is being divorced by his wife, Amy, 28, on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour after she caught him in the arms of another woman... in Second Life.

Mrs Pollard found her husband's character in a compromising position with a prostitute in the virtual-reality environment earlier this year. But rather than show him the door, she used her virtual money and hired a private detective to follow him in the game. He was eventually tracked down to the arms of another woman.

Pollard told the Daily Mail: "I went crazy: I was so hurt that I couldn't believe what had happened." She is now seeking a divorce.

Mr Pollard said he didn't think he'd done anything wrong.

Second Life is after all an online game that provides an escape from real life, in the way other computer games do. If you play Grand Theft Auto and steal someone's car, you don't suddenly become a villain hunted by the police in real life. Surely Second Life was, for Mr Pollard at least, an extension of his fantasies.

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