NEW PORT RICHEY — A couple of months ago, a man started getting photos of his ex-wife in the mail. The photos showed her lying in a bed, naked and unconscious.
Authorities say the photos were taken and sent by a Pasco County detention deputy.
Brian Dale Pratt, 51, took the photos with his cellphone camera, deputies said, while the woman was passed out, having drank too much at a party. Her ex-husband received them on Feb. 13. Deputies did not disclose the woman's identity or her relationship to Pratt due to the nature of the case.
The woman, who is in her mid 30s, came forward, along with another detention deputy who led authorities to Pratt. Pratt's handwriting matched the writing on the envelopes that held the photos, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.
Pratt, who is from Hudson, told deputies he took nude photos of the woman vomiting in her bathroom after the party, then he put her in bed.
Asked if he took photos while she was unconscious, Pratt told the deputies, "I don't remember if I did or didn't," an arrest report states.
The report also says Pratt showed the photos on his cellphone to the other detention deputy about a month ago. He told the other deputy "he plans on sending the nude photos of the victim to the victim's ex-husband and boyfriend as revenge," the report states.
Pratt has been working for the Sheriff's Office since June 2009. He has no prior disciplinary record, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.
Pratt was arrested Tuesday on a charge of lewd and lascivious video voyeurism. He has been released after posting $150 bail.
The arrest was made months after the offense because the case was being investigated by the State Attorney's Office, Doll said. Pratt has been placed on paid administrative leave.
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