Windham man accused of stealing local girls' Snapchat photos, posting them on internet

Michael Sarnie

Courtesy photo/Windham police

WINDHAM — A 21-year-old Windham man was arrested last week after he allegedly hacked into local girls' Snapchat accounts, stole their risque photographs and posted them on the internet.

Michael Sarnie, 21, is facing seven counts of misuse of a computer or network and nine counts of identity fraud, according to Capt. Mike Caron.

A police report says that Sarnie hacked into several teenager's accounts on Snapchat. The smartphone application allows users to send photos and videos that disappear within 10 seconds or post content that is automatically deleted after 24 hours. 

A victim contacted Windham police in October, sparking an investigation, Caron said.

"(Sarnie) gets into people's accounts, takes pictures and puts them back on the internet," Caron said. "A victim came to us after seeing that their pictures were on the internet (where they didn't post them themselves.)"

Caron said the victims are all from Windham and all over 18 years old now, but could have been minors when the alleged crimes happened.

Police are warning everyone to think about what they're posting on social media, whether it's on accounts that are public or private.

"Someone with an education in computers can get this stuff, regardless of where it's posted." Caron said.

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