SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — He is in uniform and apparently on duty. But New Mexico State Police said the officer caught on camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car did not commit a crime.
Security camera photographs of the encounter at the remote county-owned Canyon Ranch near Santa Fe surfaced several weeks ago.
The images initially were sent to state police by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department, and an internal investigation was started.
He said investigators don’t think any criminal acts occurred but that the officer will be held accountable for his actions.
“The New Mexico State Police is very embarrassed by this incident and will work tirelessly to restore our good name and earn the trust of the citizens back,” he said in a statement sent Thursday to the Associated Press.
“This officer made a horrible personal decision that will obviously reflect poorly on the whole organization.”
The Albuquerque television station also reported that he was state police officer of the year in the Santa Fe district in 2010.
Mr. Johnson declined to provide any details about the officer, including his accolades or whether he is married.
The department also has refused to release the identity of the woman in the video and details about her relationship with the officer.
While the case is a black eye for the department, Mr. Johnson said, he wanted the public to remember that hundreds of state police officers go to work “every single day and make sound decisions to protect and serve their communities.”
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up.
Libertarian thought beyond politics, unrestrained by convention.
Empowering mind/body/spirit and health dialogue along with cutting-edge, conscious social, political, and world commentary with Adam Omkara. Join the Evolution!
Viewing and reviewing the Los Angeles experimental and classic punk scene with a nod to Rodney's English Disco
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention
California wildfires wreak havoc