FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - August 28, 2020 - According to several online news reports, including WJHG and BRProud.com, Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 37-year-old Fort Walton Beach man for allegedly sharing and making copies of a customer's private, intimate videos and photographs. The news reports state that the cellphone store manager allegedly accessed the customer's cellphone and then made personal copies of his customer's sexually explicit videos and/or photographs back in January 2020. The news reports also claim that the victims, the male customer, and his girlfriend in the videos and photos, are alleging the suspect sent the private, intimate photos and/or videos on their phone to another person.
The allegations lead to the 37-year-old man from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to be arrested and charged with one count of using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony, and three counts of sexually cyberstalking another person, three counts of accessing an electronic device without authority. The arrest was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies on August 28, 2020.
The victims, one of which is a famous TV celebrity, allege that the suspect shared several of the couple's intimate videos with a different store employee back in January 2020. The videos were sent to the coworker by way of Facebook Messenger. Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies allege that the videos from the victim's phone were purportedly duplicated when the boyfriend brought his cell phone into the suspect's store for servicing. The videos were shared and copied without the victim's permission or knowledge after one of the victims had left his cellphone with the store for his phone to be upgraded.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies stated that they obtained a search warrant of the suspect's Facebook account, and the deputies found through their investigation that the suspect also forwarded the videos to two of the suspect's friends using the Facebook Messenger application back in May of 2019. The news reports also state that the victim's sexually explicit cellphone files were either recording directly onto the suspect's phone or the suspect "airdropped" them on to his cellphone. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies claim that the discovered the suspect's phone contained several sexually explicit photographs of various women on the suspect's phone. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies allege that several other people may have been a victim of having their videos and/or videos duplicated, saved, and shared by the suspect.
Michael Hogan, an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Investigator, stated that he wanted to inform the public that any videos or photos on their devices are not private and could be potentially duplicated and forwarded to other people without there permission or knowledge after unlocking their devices and allowing people access to their devices. This could create a situation where the cellphone owner could be extorted, humiliated, or bullied by another person. These alleged actions are criminal offenses and are a violation of the law.