Stolen nude images and a private video of a congressional delegate from the Virgin Islands were posted on the internet by one of the delegate’s former staffers.
“Juan R. McCullum, 35, of the District of Columbia was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of cyberstalking and Dorene Brown-Louis of Upper Marlboro, Md., was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice,“ was reported in a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Though the statement didn’t identify the delegate the pair worked for, Del. Stacey Plaskett had previously acknowledged private images of her had been stolen and leaked online. Further McCullum and Brown-Louis are listed as working for Plaskett, who is in her second term in the non-voting position.
Supposedly McCullum gained access to the phone photos when he offered to help Plaskett fix her iPhone and she gave him the phone’s password, in March 2016. But in the process, McCullum found nude images and a video of Plaskett and her husband and copied the files.
Officials claim that McCullum after he left Plaskett’s office in July 2016, sent some of the nude photos to lawmakers and media members from a fake email account.
McCullum is also accused for sending some of the nude images to politicians competing with Plaskett in a primary election also via fake Facebook account.
“Last year, my privacy was invaded, which was followed by an organized smear campaign and defamatory press reports concerning both me and my family,” Plaskett said.
“I was informed today that preliminary arrests had been made of individuals who were involved in those illegal acts. I am deeply grateful to the Capitol Police and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for their thorough and in depth investigating the crimes committed against me, and those who I love,“ she concluded.
Plaskett also said in her statement that the investigation was continuing and she could not comment further.