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Bank teller ‘tricked women into handing over their phones then stole their nude photos’

Houston Bank of America teller , 27, ‘tricked women into handing over their phones then stole their nude photos’

  • Juan Esteban Ramirez, 27, faces two felony counts of unlawful disclosure of intimate visual material 
  • Ramirez is accused of stealing nude photos and video from two separate female customers while working as a teller at Bank of America branch in Houston 
  • Incidents took place just two days apart in September 2020 
  • Criminal complaints allege Ramirez got possession of customers’ unlocked phones under guise of helping them with their online bank accounts 
  • In one case, Ramirez allegedly threatened to forward nude photos and sex tape to victim’s parents  

Former Bank of America teller Juan Esteban Ramirez, 27, faces two felony counts of unlawful disclosure of intimate visual material for allegedly stealing nude photos and video from two separate female customers

A former Bank of America teller from Houston has been accused of stealing nude photos from at least two female customers after allegedly duping them into handing over their phones to him.

Juan Esteban Ramirez, 27, faces two felony counts of unlawful disclosure of intimate visual material stemming from two separate incidents that took place just days apart last fall. 

Ramirez was initially arrested in January 2021 after a 20-year-old woman came forward, accusing him of tricking her into giving him access to her phone, and then copying and sending more than a dozen personal photos from her digital album to his own number.

On Monday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed a second felony charge against Ramirez in connection with an incident that had taken place two days before the breach cited in the January complaint.

A Bank of America spokesperson said Ramirez was fired in the wake of his arrest. 

According to court records obtained by DailyMail.com, the 20-year-old victim in the first case told investigators that she walked into the Bank of America branch at 7770 Highway 6 North in Houston on September 14 to get a new debit card and asked Ramirez, who was working as a teller, to help her pull up her account information. 

The incidents took place just two days apart in September 2020 at this Bank of America branch at 7770 Highway 6 North in Houston

The criminal complaint states that Ramirez asked the woman to see her phone, which she unlocked for him so that he could obtain her account information. 

After about 10 minutes, Ramirez handed the device back to the customer and told her her new card would be mailed to her. 

Later in the day, according to the complaint, the woman noticed delivery confirmation messages of sent texts on her Apple Watch, which included photos. The woman checked her phone but found no outgoing text messages.

The confirmation messages indicated that the texts had been sent to a phone number she did not recognize during the time that Ramirez was using her phone.

The complaint alleges that the texts contained 16 photos of the victim nude or wearing only underwear.

Investigators were able to link the phone number to Ramirez and arrested him in mid-January. He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

A second complaint that was filed against Ramirez earlier this week alleges that on September 12, 2020, another 20-year-old woman arrived at the Bank of America branch on 6 Highway North with her parents to set up an account.

The woman handed Ramirez her unlocked phone so he could assist her, and the man allegedly used this opportunity to go text her nude photos and a sexually explicit video to his number.   

Ramirez then allegedly went a step father and sent a series of text messages to the victim, threatening to forward her private photos and a recording showing her having sex with a man to her parents.

The woman was so ‘alarmed and scared’ that she changed her phone number, according to the complaint. The incident was said to have caused the woman ’embarrassment and humiliation.’ 

‘The victims trusted that due to the defendant’s employment status he would act professionally and was at no time authorized to view, posses or transmit any personal and private messages, photos, images and or videos,’ a prosecutor wrote.

Ramirez is due back in court on April 19.   

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