Congressional staff indicted on charges of spreading nude photos
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two former employees of a member of the House of Representatives have been indicted on charges of circulating private, nude images and videos of the member and the member’s spouse.
These charges were announced on Thursday by the United State’s Attorney’s Office.
Juan McCullum, 35, of Washington, D.C., was indicted on two counts of cyberstalking, and a co-worker, Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday, but was returned by a grand jury on July 11.
The indictment alleges that McCullum offered in March 2016 to help fix the member’s iPhone by taking it to an Apple Store. At this point, officials claim, without the member’s permission, McCullum created a Hotmail and Facebook using a fictitious name and distributed the private images and videos, then encouraged other people on social media to help spread them in the member’s congressional district.
The indictment also alleges that McCullum sent texts to Browne-Louis that alerted her of these actions in July of 2016.
Browne-Louis pled not guilty at the grand jury hearing and was released pending a status hearing. McCullum has not appeared in court yet.
“The charge of cyberstalking carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison and potential financial penalties,” said the press release from the USAO.