The Democratic congressional delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands has found herself embroiled in a major scandal this week after nude images and a private video of her were stolen and posted online by one of her former staffers.
Fox News reported that Juan R. McCullum, 35, was arrested and charged with two counts of cyberstalking this week after he posted the images of Del. Stacey Plaskett. In addition, Dorene Brown-Louis was arrested and indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice.
Though Plaskett herself was not mentioned, she had previously acknowledged that private images of her had been stolen and leaked online. Both McCullum and Brown-Louis are listed as being employed by Plaskett.
McCullum found the photos in March of 2016 when he offered to help Plaskett fix a malfunctioning iPhone and Plaskett gave McCullum her phone’s password. He then found the photos as well as a video of Plaskett and her husband and he copied the files.
After he left Plaskett’s office in July of 2016, McCullum allegedly sent some of Plaskett’s private pictures to lawmakers and members of the media from a dummy email account.
Plaskett released a statement saying that her privacy had been invaded last year and “an organized smear campaign and defamatory press reports concerning both me and my family” had followed.
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