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Woman Says Prosecutor Sought Nude Photos

(CN) - A woman claims in court that an Alabama prosecutor used court records to contact her ask and her to send him nude photos via cell phone.

Sherry McCormick, of Coffee County, Ala., sued attorney Josh Pipkin, Katie Pipkin and the City of Enterprise in the county circuit court on claims of invasion of privacy, willful deceit, vicarious liability and defamation.

According to McCormick's complaint, defendant Josh Pipkin contacted McCormick via text message in November of 2012 using personal information he had obtained from court records. At the time, Pipkin was employed by the City of Enterprise as prosecutor in its municipal court.

The complaint calls the behavior a "wrongful intrusion on the solitude of the Plaintiff involving her private affairs, and concerns" and refers to the method by which he obtained her information as "offensive, objectionable and unreasonable."

McCormick claims that Josh Pipkin also used Facebook to contact her and talk to her about her recent municipal court case.

During these contacts, the plaintiff say, Pipkin attempted to "willfully deceive her in believing that he was concerned about her case which was recently in the Enterprise Municipal Court."

More scandalously, McCormick claims Pipkin eventually used that rapport to solicit nude photos from McCormick.

"By building a sense of trust in the Plaintiff that he was the only person in the legal system she could trust, or was concerned in helping her in a time of need the Defendant requested the Plaintiff to submit nude photos by phone," the complaint says.

McCormick further claims that she was defamed by Josh Pipkin and his wife, defendant Katie Pipkin, when they spoke to a local newspaper about the situation.

The City of Enterprise is included as a defendant in the case under the principle of vicarious liability, since Josh Pipkin was working for the city at the time.

McCormick seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

She is represented by Gregory Sample of Dothan, Ala.

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