By T. H. Sunday August 25 2019
Much is unknown about space. But one thing is sure: The laws of Earth still apply to astronauts who leave the planet’s bounds.
For astronaut Anne McClain, this notion became a stark reality when she became what appears to be the first person ever to be investigated for a crime alleged to have taken place in space.
McClain is a decorated NASA astronaut, and the allegations against her are unrelated to her work. She is accused, however, by her ex-wife Summer Worden, of identity theft, according to KPRC Houston.
The alleged crime, according to Worden, took place while McClain was on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station:
“According to Worden, in 2019, McClain broke into her bank accounts while she was on board the International Space Station. Worden gave KPRC the letter that her attorney sent to the NASA inspector general documenting the alleged breach.
“I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn’t keep anything private,” said Worden” – KPRC Houston
Worden’s parents also sent a letter to the NASA Office of the Inspector General citing the allegation in space.
The attorney representing McClain, Rusty Hardin, offered this statement:
“Family cases are extremely difficult and private matters for all parties involved. Neither Anne nor we will be commenting on this personal matter. We appreciate the medias understanding and respect, as maintaining privacy, is in the best interest of the child and family members involved.”
NASA responded to questions submitted by KPRC with this statement.
“NASA has no statement on this and does not comment on personal or personnel matters. Anne McClain is an active astronaut.”
Worden said that a court date has not been set in the custody case, but it should take place on planet Earth.
The divorce case is set to be finalized in October, but she said her main concern is her son.