By Carter Goode | WASHINGTON, DC
Two former employees of a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives were indicted today in a cyberstalking case, according to the Department of Justice.
Juan R McCullum was indicted on two counts of cyberstalking after he allegedly distributed nude images and videos of his former boss, while his fellow former co-worker Dorene Browne-Louis was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice for deleting messages from McCullum and giving false statements to law enforcement.
The case centers on McCullum, who told Plaskett, whom he worked for at the time, that he could repair her malfunctioning iPhone by taking it to a local Apple Store.
McCullum then, without permission, went through the private contents of the device, finding nude photos and videos of her and her spouse. He then stopped working in Plaskett’s office sometime thereafter.
A few months later, McCullum “engaged in a course of conduct that included creating a Hotmail account and a Facebook social media account, using a fictitious name”, to distribute and post the private images and videos.
Furthermore, according to the indictment, he encouraged others on social media to redistribute the images and videos in the member’s congressional district,” reads the Justice Department’s press release
Browne-Louis made her first court appearance Tuesday in DC, pled non guilty, and is scheduled to appear at a status hearing next week. McCullum faces up to 5 years in prison, while Browne-Louis could face a maximum of 20 years of incarceration, which could include jail time or restrictions on movement and electronic device use.