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Samuel Otero accused of sending nude pix to ex-roommate’s family

Nathan Oelker

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If “Otero” doesn’t ring a bell, it will after you read this

Samuel Otero has an unintentional good lesson for the rest of us: be careful who you sign a lease with, and think harder before exchanging your nude pictures to a roommate for free rent.

As insane as it might sound, a man in Lake County, Florida finally learned this lesson after he moved out from the apartment he shared with Otero last August. According to police, Otero started texting the victim constantly after the latter left in a display of annoying harassment.

Otero proceeded to send the nude pictures to the victim’s co-workers and girlfriend. According to, police said that Otero even left one of the naked photos in the victim’s grandmother’s car.

As if these events weren’t insane enough, the crazy really converged on Monday when Otero threatened a murder-suicide, planning to shoot the victim and himself if the two couldn’t be together.

Otero was finally arrested on Tuesday on charges of stalking, and later released on $5,500 bond. While this certainly makes for a good cautionary tale, there are some much better ones out there.

For example, in England this past March, James White, a student at the University of York, was banned from pet ownership for eight years after drunkenly frying up his roommate’s hamster.

Second, in Florida last December, Thomas Hahn was arrested for allegedly shooting his roommate dead in their Volusia County home during an argument over the correct method of pork chop preparation.

Finally, last May, Alexander Kinyua, 21, a student at Morgan State University achieved Dahmer-like status when he admitted to murdering his roommate Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, then eating his brain and heart.

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