Man charged after woman finds compromising photos on web

Brandon Houser, Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office
Brandon Houser, Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A Conway woman found herself in a living nightmare when she discovered illicit photos of herself online. She wasn't aware she was being photographed, and what's even more unsettling, the photos were uploaded to Instagram.

The unnamed victim received a notification she'd been tagged in photos on the site. She contacted Horry County Police. The agency also notified the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

"We as citizens have a right to privacy," said Horry County Sheriff's Sergeant Jeff Benton. "If you're placing cameras or taking photos and posting it on a website, you're going to get charged."

With the assistance of the US Marshals, authorities arrested 24-year-old Brandon Houser, charging him with counts of harassment and voyeurism.

Houser and the victim had dated previously, but the victim had ended the relationship. She told police Houser continued to text her, and had even assaulted one of her male friends.

Authorities then conducted a search of Houser's Conway home.

"Marshals searched the attic, and they subsequently found the suspect hiding underneath the insulation," said Sgt. Benton.

Houser could also be facing other charges, a DEU agent told WMBF News they found both marijuana and steroids during the arrest.

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