Two former congressional staffers were indicted Thursday for allegedly circulating private nude photos and videos of a member of Congress and the member's spouse, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
A grand jury indicted Juan McCullum, 35, on two counts of cyberstalking, and co-worker Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, on two counts of obstruction of justice.
The indictment was unsealed Thursday.
The House member and the member's spouse featured in the images and videos were not named.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, McCullum offered to help the lawmaker fix the member's iPhone and take it to the local Apple store in March 2016. The House member gave McCullum the iPhone, which was password protected, only to have it repaired.
The private nude images and videos were on the phone.
In July 2016, McCullum, who was no longer working in the member's office, created Hotmail and Facebook accounts using a fake name to distribute and post the private photos and videos.
McCullum also encouraged other people on social media to redistribute the content in the member's congressional district, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
As early as July 2, 2016, McCullum sent text messages to Browne-Louis telling her what he was doing. He also emailed Browne-Louis the photos and videos.
Federal law enforcement officers began investigating the distribution and publication of the private content on July 6, 2016.
The charges against Browne-Louis stemmed from the text messages from her phone, which she ultimately deleted. She also made false, incomplete, and misleading statements to law enforcement and the grand jury about the activities.
She pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
McCullum has not yet appeared in court.