Woman Sues Former T-mobile Employee Who Allegedly Stole Sex Tape from Her Phone

Roberto Aramis Sanchez Ramos, 26 Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A woman in Florida is suing a former T-Mobile employee, months after he was found guilty of sending himself an adult video from her phone while she waited for him to restore the device.

In May 2017, Keely Hightower took her phone to a T-Mobile store in Pinellas Park, Florida. At the time, Hightower thought that the employee was taking slightly too long. When she left the store, she checked her device and found her email open to the trash folder.

There she saw an email that the employee had sent himself with an attachment—a video Hightower had made of herself engaging in sex acts with another person. The T-Mobile employee, Roberto Aramis Sanchez Ramos, was arrested and pleaded guilty to a computer offense.

According to the arrest affidavit provided to Newsweek by the Pinellas County Sheriff, Hightower had only wanted the service on her phone reactivated.

In the lawsuit, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, Hightower said that the incident in May caused her emotional and mental anguish. The lawsuit also names the company that ran the store, Global Innovative Group.

Previous charges show that Sanchez Ramos faced a scheme to defraud charge in 2016 and theft in 2013. Sanchez Ramos reportedly stole two iPads while working maintenance at a Walmart.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ramos Sanchez was still on probation for fraud, which occured at another T-Mobile. In that case, he would "enter a fake return" for customers who paid in cash, take the money and use it to buy accessories at the store to "artificially inflate his commission from sales."

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Christopher Klemawesch, Hightower's representative, told Newsweek that people who questioned why his client would have sexually explicit videos on her cell phone were "victim blaming." He added that phones are often advertised for their photographic capabilities and consumers should be able to feel that their data is secure.

Klemawesch also said that he was aware of similar cases that had occured in Tampa and Miami.