Politics

Two Former Congressional Staffers Indicted for Sharing Delegate’s Nude Photos

Stacey Plaskett
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Two former staff members of Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D., Virgin Islands) were indicted on Thursday on charges of sharing Plaskett's nude photos and videos online.

Juan R. McCullum is being charged with two counts of cyberstalking after distributing photos of Plaskett and her spouse on social media last summer, according to the federal indictment. McCullum texted fellow staffer Dorene Browne-Louis, and he shared some of the images with her, NBC News reports:

The indictment refers to the victim as "Delegate S.P." Politico reported last July personal photos and videos of the Virgin Islands' delegate to Congress, Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett, had been posted online and deleted.

Plaskett did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.

McCullum offered to assist his boss in repairing her iPhone in March of 2016, according to the indictment. She provided McCullum with the phone’s password and he took it to a Washington, D.C., Apple store. Authorities say the device contained the images and video that would later leak online.

McCullum stopped working for the delegate in June 2016, one month before the explicit images appeared online.

Prosecutors allege McCullum created a Hotmail email account under a fake name and sent at least 11 messages containing the images to politicians, reporters and other people familiar with the delegate. He then created a Facebook account using the same fake name and uploaded the content, even "friending" the delegate's challengers in her upcoming primary contest.

Browne-Louis has pled not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice. McCullum has not yet appeared in court.