Two individuals were charged after sharing explicit photos and a video of congressional delegate Stacey Plaskett online
John R. McCullum, 35, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for two counts of cyberstalking. Dorene Brown-Louis was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice.
The charges follow the online sharing of nude photos and one explicit video of congressional delegate Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Prosecutors claim McCullum illegally copied the photos and video’s off Plaskett’s iPhone in March 2016, when Plaskett requested assistance repairing her malfunctioning iPhone.
McCullum discovered the video and photos, of which some featured Plaskett’s husband as well as herself, and copied the files.
Following McCullum’s departure from Plaskett’s office in July 2016, McCullum began sending some of the photos he had copied to members of the media, lawmakers, and friends of Plaskett and her husband on Facebook.
McCullum used a fake “dummy” Facebook account to distribute the photos.
Plaskett grateful to prosecutors for charging guilty parties
Plaskett stated that “an organised smear campaign and defamatory press reports concerning both me and my family” had followed the exposure of the photos.
Plaskett also stated gratitude to investigators for prosecuting McCullum and Browne-Louis, who was accused of making “false and misleading statements” to investigators about the case.
When the video initially emerged, Plaskett stated: “The theft and distribution of these personal images via the internet marks a new low in Virgin Islands politics.”
“I am shocked and deeply saddened that someone would stoop to such a level as to invade my marriage and the love of my family in an attempt to besmirch me politically.”
“To say my family and I are greatly upset would be a tremendous understatement. The theft and dissemination of these images via the internet is a shocking disgusting invasion of my family’s and my privacy.”