Woman sues police for ‘borrowing’ nude photos of her from her iPhone

Woman sues police for ‘borrowing’ nude photos of her from her iPhone

Pamela HeldHere’s hoping that 27-year-old Pamela Held of Deer Park, N.Y., has learned her lesson. If you’re going to have your boyfriend take nude photos of you using your cell phone, offload the pictures. Don’t store them on your phone.

The steamy pictures wouldn’t have been an issue in the first place if Held hadn’t been driving without an inspection sticker back in February. That way, police wouldn’t have pulled her over. And they wouldn’t have found prescription drugs in the car, which constituted grounds to haul Held to the stationhouse.

And they wouldn’t have given her the third degree about her whereabouts that night, and she wouldn’t have surrendered her phone so they could check her text messages that verified she had been visiting a friend.

But all of those things did happen. And while Held was being processed on misdemeanor drug charges, an officer took possession of her phone.

It was not until Held was released three hours later that she discovered to her horror that the officer had helped himself to some of the more intimate contents. Twenty of her seductive poses and five videos had been sent to a private cell number. The number, her attorney determined later, belonged to Officer Sean Christian.

Held is now suing New York City and the Police Department for invasion of privacy. “It makes me sick,” she told the Daily News. “I don’t even want to think about what he’s done with them.” The NYPD has confirmed for its part that Christian, 41, who is assigned to the 104th Precinct stationhouse in Ridgewood, Queens, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation.

Held says she suspected something was up the night of her detention when one of the officers kept telling her she was “a beautiful girl” and should “stop hanging out with the wrong people.”

Christian is proclaiming his innocence. Detectives have examined his phone records and they seem to bear him out. It does not appear that the photos or videos were ever sent to his phone.

In the meantime, Held said she keeps surfing the Internet fearing that her intimate snaps will appear. “Who knows what he’s capable of?” she said.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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