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Cop Steals Woman's Nude Photos from Her Phone

New York City cop Sean Christian is under internal investigation after being accused of sending sexually explicit photos taken from a woman to himself.


A New York City cop is under internal investigation after being accused of sending sexually explicit photos to himself taken from a woman police pulled over. The police officer, Sean Christian, allegedly forwarded nude photos and sexually explicit videos to himself that were taken from the phone of Long Island resident Pamela Held, the New York Daily News reports.

Held now plans to sue the city and the police department over what the invasion of privacy. “It makes me sick,” Held told the newspaper. “I don’t even want to think about what he’s done with them.”

On February 6, Held was pulled over in Queens by five New York Police Department (NYPD) officers. Police officers, including Christian, found prescription drugs in her car, brought her to a station and began questioning her about her whereabouts. In response, Held gave an officer her phone and provided her password so the police could see she was not lying about where she was. This was all being done while Held was processed on misdemeanor drug charges.

The police left the room with her phone, and did not return it for three hours.

“I knew they had my phone and I was bugging out,” Held told the New York Daily News. After she got her phone back, Christian followed her to the car and told her she was beautiful, Held said.

Then, Held said she discovered that a police officer had forwarded 20 naked photos and five videos to a phone. A lawyer contacted by Held hired a private investigator, who discovered that the number the photos were forwarded to was Christian’s.

While Christian, the NYPD officer, denies he stole the photos or even met Held, a secretly recorded phone call to the number the photos were sent to was Christian’s, the Daily News reports.

Detectives say that there were no photos on Christian’s phone when they examined it, but Held’s lawyer said there was no “message undelivered” notation on Held’s phone, indicating that the photos did arrive on the officer’s phone.

The case against held was adjourned. But Held has another fear: that her photos will show up on the Internet.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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