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Army Ranger uses GoPro to document domestic abuse claim

Corinne Novak was arrested in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.

Corinne Novak was arrested in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.  (Pinellas County Sheriff's Dept.)

An Army Ranger, who feared his claims of domestic abuse would be ignored, strapped a GoPro to his waist and recorded the proof that led Pinellas County Deputies to arrest his estranged wife on Thursday, 10 News reported.

“This is just one of many instances where I’ve had to use the camera to either prove her guilt or prove my innocence and that’s the only reason I am carrying it,” said Michael, who is identified by 10 News by his first name only because he is a victim of domestic violence.

In an effort to protect himself, Michael has been filming encounters with his ex when he drops off or picks up his 2-year-old twins.

“A GoPro has such a wide angle scope on it,” Michael said. “It catches everything from 5 feet away from the feet to the head.”

And it appeared to catch 37-year-old Corinne Novak grabbing his genitals during a custody exchange last Thursday. Novak was later arrested for domestic battery, according to 10 News.

“We have court coming up, so hopefully it goes to show a little bit of validity to what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been saying and disproving what she’s been saying,” Michael said. “It seems to be overlooked when the man is a victim of domestic violence.”