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Apparent he was mixing business with pleasure

William Vasilakos was arrested for "breach of the peace" (more commonly known as disturbing the peace) two years ago.  After being taken away by the cops, the Stamford, Connecticut resident discovered that they had also confiscated something entirely unrelated to the case -- his cell phone.

And it wasn't just any cell phone.  This phone was loaded with homemade sex pictures and video of Mr. Vasilakos, 39, and his girlfriend  

The arresting officer, Officer Michael Presti, apparently was so enthused that he forwarded himself and another person eight messages containing the videos and pictures (this arguably fits the definition of sexting, albeit sexting oneself).  When Mr. Vasilakos finally received his phone back he was shocked when he noticed that the pics had been sent out in a message. 

Mr Vasilakos filed suit against Mr. Presti in U.S. district court.  His attorney, Norman Pattis, said the episode caused Mr. Vasilakos and his girlfriend great emotional anguish.

He comments, "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."

He is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Mr. Pattis says that he has evidence that the police department was aware of Officer Presti's conduct and initiated disciplinary proceedings.  He was unsure, however, what the results of those proceedings were.

The incident is made somewhat more ironic, given the fact that police officer in the U.S. recently have sought to ban people from taking pictures of 
them in action (on the job, that is) for fear of being caught doing dirty deeds.

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Fire him
By wordsworm on 11/30/2010 10:32:50 PM , Rating: 3
The officer should be fired and all his assets liquidated and given to the victim.

I'm so tired of officers abusing people, and then the people have to foot the bill via paying the legal bills and settlements of the police through taxes.

RE: Fire him
By priusone on 12/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Fire him
By BruceLeet on 12/1/2010 5:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
He'll probably become a traffic officer, no more investigations or criminal cases for him.

RE: Fire him
By wordsworm on 12/1/2010 11:50:26 PM , Rating: 5
I'd find it more likely that he'll be promoted to the narcotics division.

RE: Fire him
By Shadowmaster625 on 12/2/2010 9:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
He will be at worst be put on paid leave making $87,000 a year sitting at home or maybe even at a desk. And you can bet the people will vote him another pay raise next year.

RE: Fire him
By monkeyman1140 on 12/10/2010 2:05:25 PM , Rating: 2

Prosecution is only for you, not for cops.

RE: Fire him
By RivuxGamma on 12/27/2010 5:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I'm sick of cops abusing people with impunity. Where I live, the cops routinely subdue people (drunks, disorderlies, etc.) and then kick the crap out of them.

By lolmuly on 11/30/2010 8:16:09 PM , Rating: 4
so where can we find the videos?

RE: ok
By YashBudini on 12/6/2010 6:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's the only reason to click on this link to begin with.

By Shadowmaster625 on 12/2/2010 9:52:53 AM , Rating: 2
I bet those images have already been seen by half a dozen nerds in the bowels of Verizon (or wherever) long before the cops got ahold of them. People are stupid for using a grid-tied camera to do these sorts of things.

RE: Pointless
By guffwd13 on 12/3/2010 5:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. while its appalling and incredibly stupid of the cop to do something like that (and so obvious), i would never ever ever use a cell phone to document anything i don't want people to have. i mean he could lose the phone and someone could find it and post it themselves.... and i'd be a lot harder to pursue legal action or find the perp.

RE: Pointless
By atlmann10 on 12/6/2010 9:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
"and i'd be a lot harder to pursue legal action or find the perp" Actually since the Patriot act was passed, and most likely before that your cellular devices are logged GPS units. So the government can track you any time they feel the need. As long as the Perp had the device they are openly traceable by network ID on the subscribed network.

the cop was an idiot
By aguilpa1 on 12/15/2010 11:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
he could have just plugged it into a computer USB and downloaded a copy of the files without a trace.

RE: the cop was an idiot
By Jeffk464 on 12/15/2010 1:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone else get tired of cops getting caught being A-holes because most of them are. They get sued for being A-holes and then the tax payer ends up footing the bill. It needs to hit the cops in their paycheck and not the poor taxpayer.

Lucky for him for not staying here.
By prd00 on 12/26/2010 12:17:34 AM , Rating: 2
Here in Indonesia, Mr Vasilakos and his girlfriend would be the ones jailed and condemned by public. Just like Ariel and his girlfriend.

By tokin on 12/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: picture...
By mattclary on 12/1/2010 9:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
Vanessa Hudgens. She had a sex tape leak.

RE: picture...
By mattclary on 12/1/2010 9:39:47 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, some topless pics, i think, not an actual sex tape...

RE: picture...
By phxfreddy on 12/1/2010 10:50:04 PM , Rating: 3
who actually believes these are "leaks" ...they are the effort to revive flagging careers!

RE: picture...
By mattclary on 12/2/2010 8:06:51 AM , Rating: 2
A leak doesn't have to be accidental.

RE: picture...
By monkeyman1140 on 12/10/2010 1:59:57 PM , Rating: 2
Glorious pictures I might add...glorius!

RE: picture...
By Smilin on 12/3/2010 5:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
Amanda Hugenkis is what you are after I bet:)

RE: picture...
By atlmann10 on 12/6/2010 10:17:48 AM , Rating: 2
Why in the he11 would someone use there cell phone to tape sex tapes or take naked pics, not to mention how. I mean usually to take a picture you have to be touching the phone, but then it would be to uber close up to tape sex between 2 grown adults. I guess you could set a timer to take pics, but video?????

RE: picture...
By solarrocker on 12/22/2010 11:19:58 AM , Rating: 2
There are more things in heaven and earth, atlmann10, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

I mean usually to take a picture you have to be touching the phone, but then it would be to uber close up to tape sex between 2 grown adults.

Last time I checked not always need your hands to have sex, so plenty of ways to use your phone right there.

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