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Verizon employee accused of forwarding customer's personal photo

Verizon employee accused of forwarding customer's personal photo

A now-former Verizon service employee is facing charges, accused of illegally forwarding a personal

A now-former Verizon service employee is facing charges, accused of illegally forwarding a personal photo from a customer's phone to his own, Colonie police said.

Dominic M. Pirozzi, 33, of 5118 Lazy K Trail, Ballston Spa, faces one count of unauthorized use of a computer, a misdemeanor.

Pirozzi is accused of forwarding the photo, a topless photo of the customer's girlfriend, from the customer's phone to his own via text message.

The customer had brought his phone into the Verizon store at 650 Troy-Schenectady Road last month to have a problem fixed, police said.

When he picked it up, though, he noticed a text message he didn't recognize had been sent from his phone. When he opened the text, he discovered it contained the topless photo of his 19-year-old girlfriend.

The victim then called the phone number the text was sent to. He got the voicemail message that identified the number's owner as "Dominic."

Returning to the store, he learned that the employee who serviced his phone was named Dominic.

The man then notified the store management, and the police department. The police were called Dec. 20.

As police looked into the matter, they determined that the employee Pirozzi was responsible. Pirozzi turned himself in Jan. 2. He is to return to court this evening.

Pirozzi's phone is also being examined to determine if there are other victims. Pirozzi is also no longer employed by the Verizon store, police said.

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