Naples woman files legal action against deputy regarding intimate photos
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NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples woman is taking legal action against a Collier County Sheriff's deputy saying he threatened to expose intimate pictures from their relationship.
"On the first or second page, there was a website that claimed to have images of me," said Rebekah Wells.
Rebekah Wells realized she had been betrayed by someone she once trusted. A Google search of her name brought up a handful of photos so explicit, we can't show them on TV.
"Why would you want to destroy somebody's life for breaking up with you?" asked Wells.
The photos of her private life now turned public. Rebekah is suing her former flame and according to a lawsuit filed on May 13th, Rebekah's ex began publishing pornographic photographs of her after the relationship ended. The two took those photos when they dated back in 2008.
"So you think these photos were posted to get back at you?" asked reporter Julie Salomone
"Yes, absolutely," replied Wells.
She's also suing multiple websites described by the lawsuit as "revenge porn" sites. Her nude photos still remain online today.
According to court documents, Rebekah says she reported all of this to the Collier County Sheriff's Office in 2010 and deputy Vito Celiberti was assigned to investigate, but she says things turned from professional to personal.
"He asked me out during the investigation and we did date. We did form a relationship," said Wells.
According to Wells, that's when she took additional intimate pictures and video. When the relationship fizzled in May of 2012, Rebekah says Celiberti threatened to distribute and circulate the pornographic photographs and video of Rebekah to third parties so she filed a temporary injunction earlier this month to stop the threats.
"We want to get those photos out of his possession or get them destroyed where they can not be distributed," said Patrick McGeehan/Trial Attorney/The Law Offices of Patrick J. McGeehan,P.A.
"People watching this are going to say well she didn't learn form the first guy," said reporter Julie Salomone.
"What would you say to them?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"I was so broken from the first time around. I was shattered and he said he would protect
me. I believed him. I was broken and broken people make broken decisions," said Wells.
Rebekah says she won't ever take a compromising photo again knowing it could be plastered on the world wide web with the potential for the whole wide world to see.
Fox reached out to the Sheriff's Office. A spokeswoman tells us they do not comment on personnel issues and the department does not have a policy prohibiting agency employees from dating individuals they meet through an investigation.
Rebekah Wells started a website called womenagainstrevengeporn.com to help other victims.