Outrageous Cops Who Stole Nude Photos Could Face Years in Prison
A California Highway Patrol officer admitted to investigators that he stole nude and other personal photos from the phones of female arrestees and traded them with at least two other cops as part of a "game."
This disturbing investigation began when a woman claimed someone sent naked photos from her phone while she was in police custody.
The Contra Costa Times uncovered court records that show the same officer had previously sent out bikini photos from a 19-year old woman’s phone to fellow cops with the following messages.
The officer reportedly admitted to investigators that he had done the same thing at least a half-dozen times in recent years.
CHP Officer Sean Harrington, 35, of Martinez, also confessed to stealing explicit photos from the cellphone of a second Contra Costa County DUI suspect in August and forwarding those images to at least two CHP colleagues. The five-year CHP veteran called it a "game" among officers, according to an Oct. 14 search warrant affidavit.
Harrington told investigators he had done the same thing to female arrestees a "half dozen times in the last several years," according to the court records, which included leering text messages between Harrington and his Dublin CHP colleague, Officer Robert Hazelwood.
Contra Costa County prosecutors are investigating and say the conduct of the officers -- none of whom has been charged so far -- could compromise any criminal cases in which they are witnesses. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement that his agency too has "active and open investigations" and cited a similar case several years ago in Los Angeles involving a pair of officers.
Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin said on Shepard Smith Reporting today that not only could there be serious charges brought against these officers, but they could be brought for each count.
So, a photo sent to 10 people might result in 10 different charges, which means that these officers could face multiple years in prison, according to Colwin.
Watch the clip above.