Police Officer Caught Having Sex on the Hood of a Car
A New Mexico state police officer has been fired today after security cameras caught Officer Bert Lopez having sex with a woman on the hood of a car. According to The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing. The surveillance photos were taken from a motion-triggered security camera positioned at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch south of Santa Fe. The encounter was at the remote Canyon Ranch.
An internal investigation was launched after two photos showed a uniformed officer having sex on the car, were forwarded to Sheriff Robert Garcia of the Santa Fe Police Department. Garcia identified the officer as being with the New Mexico State Police. He forwarded the images to State Police Chief Robert Shilling, who put the eight-year veteran, Lopez, on paid administrative leave.
Police officials would not comment on whether the dismissal was an indication whether the officer was on duty at the time of the incident, but the dismissal came days after investigators said the officer didn't commit a crime. Officials were assured the sexual encounter was not in exchange for anything related to his position as a law enforcement officer either.
"It is an embarrassing situation for the department, but we have to remember the rights of the employee afford him due process we must follow so we won't be commenting further," said spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson.