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Phone shop worker accessed explicit photos of customer, charges allege

An employee of the Roosevelt phone store has been accused of accessing a customer’s explicit photos and sending them to her after helping her transfer her data to another device. (Ancoay, Shutterstock)

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ROOSEVELT — A phone shop employee who was supposed to help a woman transfer her data to her new device has been accused of accessing the woman’s personal photos.

Marvin Abraham Herrera, 33, was charged in 8th Pornography Distribution District Court on Wednesday with a third-degree felony.

The investigation began Monday night when a woman contacted Roosevelt police to report explicit photos of her had been sent to her phone from an unknown number. The photos had been sent via iMessage, and because her account was shared with another family member, that family member also received the photos.

An officer tracked down the phone number the photos were sent from and discovered it was connected to Herrera, according to a police booking affidavit. When asked if the woman knew who Herrera was, she realized he was “the man who helped her switch phones and devices earlier in the day at AT&T.”

Police said moving his data to a new device “would have given Marvin access to his Apple account and iCloud, where the photos were stored.”

Upon learning of this, the woman “was more upset and said she felt violated. She had only given Marvin her account information because he was an AT&T representative, and he was helping move the account to her new device. (She) said she had no I don’t know or believe that Marvin would retain and use the account information to go through his stuff and photos,” says the affidavit. “She especially didn’t welcome him by going through his private and explicit photos and sending them back to him.”

The officer went to the AT&T store the next day where he found Herrera and asked him what had happened and why he had sent the photos to the woman.

“Marvin wouldn’t respond to that and said, ‘I better talk to someone,'” the affidavit reads, adding that Herrera was later arrested.

Pat Reavy is a longtime police and court reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years reporting for the Deseret News

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