Naples woman wants to sue Sheriff's Office over nude photos
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NAPLES, Fla.- New developments tonight in a story we're following out of Collier County as a woman claims a sheriff's deputy is holding nude photos of her hostage!
The deputy threatened to expose intimate pictures from their relationship and tonight we're learning she is contemplating a lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office. This means your tax dollars could be at stake.
Rebekah Wells has been betrayed she says by a former flame not once, but twice.
"Why would you want to destroy somebody's life for breaking up with you?" said Wells.
A Google search of her name brought up a handful of photos so explicit we can't show them on TV. Rebekah is suing an ex-boyfriend and according to a lawsuit filed on May 13th, Rebekah's ex began publishing pornographic photos 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.
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.
But that relationship ended in May of 2012. Rebekah says Deputy Celiberti threatened to distribute and circulate pornographic photographs and video they took to third parties.
"He said he would protect me and I believed him. I was broken and broken people make broken decisions. I was vulnerable."
She filed a temporary injunction against Celiberti earlier this month and now Fox is learning Rebekah is contemplating a lawsuit against the Collier County Sheriff's Office where Celiberti remains employed.
Fox reviewed Celiberti's personnel file on Wednesday. We learned he has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1989. He also worked for the Fort Myers Police Department and New York City Police. His latest performance evaluation shows he exceeded standards. From what we reviewed, he received no reprimands of any kind.
Yet, Rebekah says her latest ex wears a badge and he should have known better.
"I don't think he ever thought he would experience consequences."
The Sheriff's Office says they can't comment on personnel issues and they have no policy that prohibits agency members from dating individuals they meet through an investigation.
Rebekah's attorney, Patrick McGeehan, has also requested the Sheriff's Office preserve as evidence any county issued equipment to Deputy Celiberti such as computers or cell phones incase it is needed during trial.