A New Mexico State Policeman, who was recently honored as Officer of the Year, is on paid administrative leave after being caught by a county surveillance camera having sex on the hood of a car.
In response to a records request by several media agencies, the Santa Fe Sheriff's office has released pictures of what appears to be a state police officer, in full uniform, having sex with an unidentified woman on the hood of a compact vehicle, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The images of the officer were captured in broad daylight at the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch by a motion sensor digital camera that was set up to monitor graffiti taggers, vandals and other individuals who might be using the area for criminal activity, according to Sheriff Robert Garcia.
What the camera caught was State Police Officer Bert Lopez in a compromising position on the hood of a Honda while a curious chihuahua looked on. The photos show a man identified by the New Mexican as Lopez, in full uniform standing and leaning over the unknown woman, who is lying on the hood of the car with her bare legs wrapped around the officer's body. The images caught by the camera, which was positioned behind the cop, show his utility belt, with handcuffs attached hanging behind him, and his holstered gun by his side.
State Police would not comment on the incident but did confirm that "an internal investigation had been completed and there no indication the sexual encounter was related to Lopez's law-enforcement activities." Police have not said if Lopez was on-duty at the time the incident occurred.
Santa Fe residents who saw the tape told KOB-4 that the behaviour of the officer was "an inappropriate use of time and tax dollars."
Sheriff Garcia told the ABQ Journal: "while it appeared nothing illegal was going on in the pictures, they seemed to depict inappropriate activity. I’m just glad it was not one of my deputies."
Lopez isn't the police officer who has been caught having sex in uniform or while on the job.
In Louisiana, a state police officer was suspended for 100 hours without pay after he admitted to having sex in his patrol car with a woman on multiple occasions over a 16 months period.
A city police officer in Phoenix, who is also son of the mayor, was suspended for four days after an internal investigation revealed he had inappropriately touched one woman and had sex with another while on-duty.
State Police fire cop caught having sex on hood of car