In a statement Friday to The Post, Ross said prosecutors reached out to her about possible threats against me. I appreciate them contacting me.
She added, I had had enough of the bullying. During what was a very sensitive time for my family, I regret sending a private message which concerned only my personal life. I was glad to be able to expose what I knew to the State Attorney. Unfortunately, the State Attorney was unable to file charges in this case; however, at a minimum these self-serving and sinister individuals are exposed for their despicable actions.
In late 2010 or early 2011, Ross told prosecutors, she had sent her first cousin Rogelio Vera via private messaging on Facebook compromising photos of herself that shed previously created.
You had some sort of relationship? State Attorneys Office Detective Robert Flechaus asked Ross in a Sept. 12 interview.
Yes, Ross said in audio supplied to The Post.
It was in late 2010, Ross said.
He started with the flirting, she said. I said, Oh, cmon. This is not right. Hes a first cousin. This is not right. Youve got to stop.
Ross said she ended her relationship a few months later. But in the meantime, she had sent Rogelio Vera the pictures.
She said he later warned her that his estranged wife, Lillian, might be getting into his computer, and she thought, Oh, my God. What if she sees these pictures now?
Ross already was starting to campaign for her March 2011 reelection vote.
She (Lillian Vera) calls me. And shes, Oh, I cant believe you. I never thought youd do this. I said, Lillian. Let this go.
Later, she said, Lillian Vera sent her text messages, mean, vicious stuff, and told her she was going to distribute the photos.
Lillian Vera would tell prosecutors this summer that her estranged husband had shown her the images once and she didnt have copies. Neither Lillian Vera nor her divorce attorneys would comment for this story; Rogelio Vera couldnt be reached.
After her confrontations with Lillian Vera, Ross told prosecutors she recalled saying, These photos are going to get out. Wow. OK. Nothing I can do. Lets just hope for the best. Lets ride it out and do it. And we rode it out.
The pictures never surfaced and Ross won re-election in March by seven votes.
But, she said, she worried whether the photos had been seen by David Katz.
Years earlier, she said, Katz had unnerved her.
During her initial campaign in 2007, Ross wrote, she had mentioned to Katz that she was having quarrels with her beau and Katz had told her, if I wanted my problems with Vince to stop that he knew someone who would take care of it. I told him that I wouldnt ever want anyone to hurt Vince.
And, she said, this was the beginning for me of nearly five years on and off of many more moments of fear and intimidation at the hands of David Katz.
Among them: She said she believes Katz tipped off authorities and the media that Ross had declared a homestead exemption not on her Boynton Beach home but on one in Lantana. Ross said the error was an oversight that cost her $14,000 and public embarrassment.