Keely Hightower thought the T-Mobile store employee was taking too long with her phone, so she looked through her apps after she left, just in case.
Everything seemed normal until she checked her email the next day. Instead of opening to her inbox, it directed her to the trash folder, where she saw an unfamiliar email sent from her account with an attachment.
When she opened the file that day in May, “My heart dropped,” Hightower, 24, told the Tampa Bay Times this week.
It was a video she kept on her phone of her engaging in sex acts with someone in bed. Parts of her face were visible in some frames, she said.
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The recipient email address looked familiar enough for her to realize who had sent it: Roberto Aramis Sanchez Ramos, the employee at the T-Mobile store at 9600 66th St. N in Pinellas Park who had worked on her phone the day before. She called police. Sanchez Ramos pleaded guilty to a computer offense charge and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Now, Hightower is suing him and Global Innovative Group, the Tampa company that operates the store, for negligence, claiming the invasion of privacy last year caused her mental anguish and emotional distress among other things.
“It’s a question of how do you address the really gross invasion of her privacy and the turmoil that she’s had to deal with ever since?” said Christopher Klemawesch, Hightower’s St. Petersburg-based lawyer. “That’s what we’re trying to address.”
A representative of Global Innovative Group referred a reporter to the owner, who did not return a request for comment. Sanchez Ramos, who was released from the Pinellas County Jail in October, could not be reached for comment.
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