"Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie Stalked Estranged Wife With GPS Tracker, Cops Say

Thomas "Pregnant Man" Beatie has been arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of stalking his estranged wife with a GPS tracker.

Beatie, a woman who underwent a sex change in 1997, became famous a few years ago because of eyebrow-raising pictures of a pregnant body beneath a bearded, male-looking face. "He" since has had three children.

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In August, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Beatie and his wife could dissolve their Hawaii marriage in Arizona.

Police allege that Beatie had an order of protection served against his wife in early 2012, forcing her to leave their shared Phoenix home, then went to great lengths to monitor her movements.

His wife had been suspicious that Beatie was tracking her. He'd show up unexpectedly at her location or ask her about places she'd been. In September, a state Department of Public Safety officer was helping her fix a flat tire on the side of the road when he noticed a hidden GPS tracker in the vehicle's undercarriage. DPS determined later the device was registered with a tracking company and interviewed Beatie about it in October.

He admitted he'd placed the tracker on his wife's vehicle, which he knew was owned solely by her, court records state. He also confessed to sneaking out to her car to recharge the device's battery every now and then.

Police are seeking one felony count of stalking.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.