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Another woman says employee stole naked photos from old cellphone

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Another woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that a mobile phone company employee inappropriately accessed intimate photographs from her old smartphone.

In the latest case, a Northern California woman said a worker at a T-Mobile store in Sacramento found two naked photographs of her in her old phone and sent them to himself through text messages.

The worker had offered to transfer the woman's contacts from her old phone to her new phone, but instead spent several minutes accessing her photo library, the lawsuit said. The worker also sent himself a third photograph in which the woman was wearing only underwear, according to the lawsuit.

Stephanie Milhomme filed the lawsuit Feb. 7 in Sacramento County Superior Court. She seeks unspecified monetary damages from Mobileone, which owns and operates the T-Mobile store at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, and an employee named Bryce Walding.

Mobileone and Walding could not be reached.

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The Sacramento lawsuit was filed the same month that a Los Angeles woman sued Sprint Corp., accusing one of its workers of posting intimate photos on her Facebook page.

Milhomme said Walding took her old phone to a back room and was gone so long that she asked another employee to check on him. Walding returned to the front of the store and said he had not completed the transfer, the lawsuit said. The woman said she did not want to wait any longer and Walding gave her the old phone back.

Later that day, the woman discovered that three text messages had been sent from her old phone to an unfamiliar phone number, each containing intimate photographs. The phone number belonged to Walding, the lawsuit said.

Milhomme accused the defendants of invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress. She said she "suffers from the emotional stress of knowing that someone else is viewing photos which she believed and intended would remain private [and] fears the private photos could be further distributed by Walding."

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