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Man charged with posting fliers with partially nude photos of ex-girlfriend

July 24, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 36-year-old man is accused of invading the privacy of his ex-girlfriend after allegedly posting fliers in Martinsburg that contained partially nude photographs of her, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Frederick Kirby Garrett of 142 Baker St. in Winchester, Va., was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on two counts of criminal invasion of privacy and five counts of displaying obscene matter to minors, according to court documents.

The obscene matter charges apparently stem from the discovery of five fliers by the woman’s 16-year-old daughter, according to court documents. The fliers, which each contained four photographs, were found in the woman’s apartment building and at various locations in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue, according to court documents.

The woman told Martinsburg Police Department Patrol Officer Andrew Garcia about being harassed by the defendant on July 7, according to court documents.

The woman said the fliers containing the photographs were posted after she and Garrett were in a domestic altercation, according to court documents.

The woman told police that two of the photos were taken without her consent while she had consented to the other two, according to court documents.

The woman said they had been dating for about seven months and thought that Garrett deleted one of the photographs after he sent it to her cell phone and warned her to never “cross me,” according to court documents.

After the domestic altercation, police were told Garrett sent the woman the same photograph in a text message and that she was told that “1,000 (copies of her partially nude image) will cover the city by sunrise,” according to court documents.

In the photograph, the woman is topless and appears to be sleeping, according to court documents.

Each of the fliers found by the woman’s daughter contained a different assortment of the victim’s personal information, including her first name, phone number, address and some reference of her place of employment.

One flier apparently addressed directly to the woman states, “DON’T MESS WITH ME, AND I WONT MESS WITH YOU WE HAVE 1,975 MORE OF THESE LEFT,” Garcia noted in his complaint against Garrett.

Police noted the fliers were posted in public view and that the block of South Maple Avenue is two blocks away from an elementary school with a playground that is open for children.

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