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Former North Huntingdon Verizon employee to stand trial in nude pic case

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

A fired Verizon worker from North Versailles will stand trial in Westmoreland County for allegedly stealing a nude photo from a customer's cellphone by texting it to himself.

William G. Hickman Jr., 32, on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of invasion of privacy and harassment filed by North Huntingdon police following the Feb. 16 incident.

Neither Hickman nor his attorney, Ryan James of White Oak would comment about whether a plea bargain is in place as they departed North Huntingdon District Judge Wayne Gongaware's office.

Township police allege Hickman approached Jessica Lynn Rubright when she came to the Verizon store in North Huntingdon to transfer her Sprint account to her mother's Verizon Wireless account.

Officer Justin Wardman reported that Rubright told police that Hickman, then a Verizon Wireless “solutions specialist,” said he could transfer the data and save her fees Sprint charged for the service.

Hickman went through her photos and texted a nude image of her to his phone while he worked on the data transfer in another room, police allege.

Rubright said she received a message on her Apple iCloud account noting that the photo had been sent to a number that turned out to be Hickman's cellphone.

Wardman said Hickman waived his right to an attorney when asked about the incident and confessed to taking the photo without Rubright's permission, according to court documents.

Last week, Rubright sued Hickman and the Cellco Partnership doing business as Verizon Wireless. Her lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court seeks undisclosed compensatory and punitive damages.

The lawsuit alleges invasion of privacy and negligence on Verizon's part.

Attorney Kelly Iverson accompanied Rubright to Wednesday's hearing. Neither commented on the case.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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