Man Accuses Cop of Swiping Sex Videos - NBC Connecticut

Man Accuses Cop of Swiping Sex Videos



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    A breach of peace arrest turned into an utterly embarrassing breach of another kind, according to a Connecticut man who claims a cop took his cell phone and forwarded the sexually explicit personal photos and videos it contained.

    William Vasilakos filed a lawsuit accusing Stamford police officer Michael Presti of forwarding racy photographs and videos of William Vasilakos and his girlfriend at the time, Maria Saltsides.

    Presti arrested Vasilakos on Aug. 16, 2008 on a breach of peace charge.

    Vasilakos was held overnight and Presti kept the phone with him instead of leaving it with the police department, then forwarded eight messages to his own phone, the suit claims.

    When Vasilakos later saw the material had been sent to an address he did not recognize, he was outraged, Attorney Norman Pattis said on Monday.

    The episode was deeply embarrassing for his client and he is seeking punitive damages.

    "They were deeply in love and they had memorialized that love in a way that they thought was appropriate, and the officer treated them like a couple of porn stars," said Pattis, who is seeking unspecified damages.

    Stamford police did not immediately respond to the Associated Press’ messages seeking comment.

    Presti said police have resolved the matter internally and he declined further comment.

    Pattis said Stamford police investigated Presti's conduct and there were disciplinary proceedings, but he was not aware of the outcome.