A Long Island woman is planning to sue New York City and the police department after claiming a police officer stole sexual photos and videos off her cell phone while she was at a police station for questioning.
Pamela Held was pulled over by police on Feb. 6 for not having an inspection sticker on her car. Prescription drugs were then found in the vehicle and the 27-year-old Held and a passenger in the car were taken to a police station for questioning.
Police asked where Held had been that night, and she said she was spending time with a friend and had text messages to prove it. She gave one officer the security code to enter her phone and the officer then left the room with Held’s iPhone while she was booked on a misdemeanor drug charge.
According to Held’s attorney, Richard J. Soleymanzadeh, the steamy images on Held’s phone were sent to a personal cell phone that her lawyer said belongs to Officer Sean Christian.
Police sources confirmed that the 41-year-old Christian, assigned to the 104th Precinct stationhouse in Ridgewood, Queens, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation stemming from Held’s complaint.
“It makes me sick,” Held told the Daily News. “I don’t even want to think about what he’s done with them.”
Held was at the stationhouse for nearly three more hours before her phone was returned and she was given a desk appearance ticket. Held said Christian followed her to her car.
“He was telling me I’m a beautiful girl and I need to stop hanging out with the wrong people,” Held said.
After she left the police station, she pulled over to check her phone.
“I saw this number and all the pictures and videos attached to it,” Held said.
In a brief interview with The News, Christian, who has been on the job 10 years, denied swiping the photos and videos from Held’s phone. He also denied ever meeting Held or working at the 104th Precinct. Christian claimed the number that appeared on Held’s cell phone belonged to his brother.
However, in a secretly recorded call to the number associated with the stolen images — and with Internal Affairs detectives listening in — Christian seemed quite familiar with Held, a source said. He chatted and flirted with her for nearly an hour, even calling her back when the call dropped.
Held counted 20 nude photos and five sexy videos of her that had been forwarded to the phone number. Fearing the worst, she contacted Soleymanzadeh, whose private investigator traced the mystery number on Held’s phone to Christian and learned he was an officer.
Detectives examined Christian’s phone records and it does not appear the phone ever received the photos or videos. Christian also told detectives he never received Held’s images, another source said. But Held’s attorney contends there was no “message undelivered” notation on Held’s iPhone, indicating the images were sent.
The criminal case against Held was adjourned with contemplation of dismissal as was the drug and marijuana case against her friend.
Meanwhile, Held said she keeps surfing the Internet fearing her intimate snaps will pop up.