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N.M. State Police Investigate Trooper Caught Having Sex on Car Hood

August 30, 2011  | 

Photo: Santa Fe County (N.M.) Sheriff's Department.
Photo: Santa Fe County (N.M.) Sheriff's Department.
New Mexico State Police investigators are working to identify a trooper caught having sex with a woman on the hood of a car while in uniform.

The trooper was captured in images from a surveillance camera set up in a remote area of Santa Fe County to document vandalism. The trooper's act took place at a ranch at the county's western edge.

Two images were released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office and provided to state police investigators. A Chihuahua or other small dog can be seen watching the action.

The state police have placed an officer on leave but have not confirmed that the officer is the same one seen in the photos.

"We are not disclosing the identity of the involved officer at this time," a state police public information officer wrote in an e-mail to POLICE. "Personnel matters are ongoing."

Comments (82)

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Dana @ 8/30/2011 4:43 PM

This is deplorable. This same crime has happened where I live and the women who were the victims couldn't report for fear of their well being. The alleged officer is still working for our police force. I hope the video will be caught and prosecuted. Please do not look the other way like my city officials have done.

Allan @ 8/30/2011 4:52 PM

What a clown! Good-bye career. All because "I'm too much of a BRO to turn down some tramp who wants to lay on the hood of her car for me" Remember, if you don't act like an animal or if you try to carry yourself in a professional manner at all times, you don't have to worry about who's filming.

Tim @ 8/30/2011 4:52 PM

I guess it would depend if he was on or off duty whether a "crime" occurred.

Rick @ 8/30/2011 4:59 PM

The probability of someone watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/30/2011 4:59 PM


speeder @ 8/30/2011 5:11 PM

that's one way to try and get out of a ticket

Kyle @ 8/30/2011 5:12 PM

Tim, your statement is almost funny. Public you-know-what-ing must be illegal in N.M., and in uniform does so much to improve public - police relations. C'mon, man. <><

Mark A. Brooks @ 8/30/2011 5:34 PM

Actually, Tim is right. I recent Federal Court decision states that the uniform doesn't matter....only if he was on the clock or off the clock. See Rau v. Roberts, No. 10-1476 (8th Cir. 2011). There is no doubt administrative action should be taken, but highly unlikely anything criminal as it relates to simply wearing the uniform if off-duty.

Stiff One @ 8/30/2011 5:45 PM

Ah how I miss the good ol' days!

scpdblue @ 8/30/2011 5:54 PM

Hey is that some kind of animal,like a small dog or cat on the ground between his legs?

Mike @ 8/30/2011 5:56 PM

Assuming this is really a LEO and not someone trying to perform for the camera, I think if the LEO was on duty he should be fired. Jailed if it relates to getting the girl out of a ticket. A 30 day suspension if he was off duty.

Josh @ 8/30/2011 5:57 PM

Its jerks like this that give us a bad name. More than one officer at my department has been caught and fired for this kind of incident. Unfortunately this kind of thing goes on everywhere and these people have to be weeded out as thier caught for the honor of the departments.

David Evans @ 8/30/2011 5:59 PM

There is a Chihuahua under the officer too!

Dominic @ 8/30/2011 6:01 PM

someone's always watching

bill @ 8/30/2011 6:13 PM

i love how everyone automatically assumes that this some hoe bag trying to get out of a ticket. how do we know this is not his wife or girlfriend?!?!

FlyBoy @ 8/30/2011 6:16 PM

Yep... I too remember the good ol' days .... ;)

MC @ 8/30/2011 6:19 PM

Maybe it's his wife. Doesn't mean he assaulted a woman or accepted a bribe or anything.

Luiz Ferreira @ 8/30/2011 6:23 PM

I don't see any crime here. good for him... bad he got caught ... good for her, bad he got caught. Got to check for those cameras and cover them

Bryan @ 8/30/2011 6:44 PM

Check out the dog.

ET @ 8/30/2011 6:53 PM

Wow, really? In front of the dog, too?

retirednotdead @ 8/30/2011 7:03 PM

Idiot. It does not matter if he was on duty or off...he was in uniform. Stupid ass. Sets a good example for the rest of us...just another reason to hate the po po.

Jeffrey P @ 8/30/2011 7:11 PM

Completely deplorable to be sure. What an ignoramus, to quote Bugs Bunny, the officer is.

That said, why is the assumption this is non-consensual or that the woman was trying to get out of something? Might it be his wife? Girlfriend?

I suspect it's more along the lines of what's been said, but there's always the possibility . . .

Jeffrey P @ 8/30/2011 7:11 PM

Completely deplorable to be sure. What an ignoramus, to quote Bugs Bunny, the officer is.

That said, why is the assumption this is non-consensual or that the woman was trying to get out of something? Might it be his wife? Girlfriend?

I suspect it's more along the lines of what's been said, but there's always the possibility . . .

Boss Hogg @ 8/30/2011 8:12 PM

Murphy's law for cops: The better you do your job, the more likely you are to be shot, injured, complained on, sued, investigated, subpoenaed or fired on your day off.

Josh @ 8/30/2011 8:19 PM

Was wondering who was going to notice that.

Tim @ 8/30/2011 8:20 PM

I'll just start out by saying this is disgraceful. On duty or off it's an embarrassment. I can't imagine many states where it is lawful to have sex in view of the public. If he was off duty getting a quickie in with his girlfriend yes, he deserves a suspension at the least. If he was on duty then he deserves to be permanently relieved of duty. And if it was quid pro quo he deserves prosecution. The job is hard enough when you are out doing the right thing without some fool pulling a stunt like this and embarrassing everyone.

ncpdblue @ 8/30/2011 9:16 PM

scpdblue, your good! If you cut the mid-tones back about 57% you can tell it's a small dog. The sad part is that it looks like he is enjoying the view!

1199inc. @ 8/30/2011 10:11 PM

What a shame the few make us all look bad in the eyes of the public. Maybe the dog will come forth for the IA. I think to compare this idiot to an animal is not fair to animals. They have more class than this guy.

steve @ 8/30/2011 10:30 PM

It says "The trooper was captured in images from a surveillance camera set up in a remote area of Santa Fe County to document vandalism" Vandalism of what? There is nothing in that photo but ground. Once you remove the car they were using as a bed. I think they knew the camera was there and preformed in front of it.

1199inc. @ 8/30/2011 10:31 PM

What you do in public in the uniform is the big issue here. Unless this guy is part of Thunder From Down Under he has no business doing anything un- becoming in his uniform where others, including a dog can see. What if there were children watching this? Where there is a dog there just might be a child. You disgrace the uniform and the badge, your gone.

considering things @ 8/31/2011 1:49 AM

If he is off the clock and hes in a relationship with this woman then maybe they are trying to spice things up and their mistake is getting seen. If this is a crime... then good... HE WAS CAUGHT.

JrR @ 8/31/2011 4:11 AM

Wow...going for the gold! As long as it's two consenting adults and not some get outta jail Plea bargain...maybe he's on his lunch break. The real embarrassment is from places like this that post these things for all of us losers to comment about! All we wanna do is make a big deal about it, right? Personally, if the cop and his ladyfriend have some kinda relationship going on, I would chalk it up to taking a break at work to let off some steam. You know the next car that gets pulled over by him is getting a warning for sure! And what if it were 2 cops getting busy on duty? How do we feel about that?

FrankD @ 8/31/2011 4:17 AM

Yup! Its great to live in a country with cameras.

R Anderson @ 8/31/2011 4:30 AM

I'm sure he'd skate with no problem at all if he was in the Oval Office while serving as president.

annasturart @ 8/31/2011 5:16 AM

I hope he gets the book thrown at him and that he never works for another enforcement company of any kind. With this type of behavior, who needs criminals?

Mitchell @ 8/31/2011 5:54 AM

Force him to marry her, and be done with it.

He wanted her...he's got her.

Kenny @ 8/31/2011 6:02 AM

I guess you can only get away with that if you're the President................

retired chief @ 8/31/2011 6:18 AM

What a dumb a--! Three things get officers into trouble...whiskey, women and guns. The badge will get you a lot of this stuff, but this stuff will also get your badge! This isn't new-cops have been doing this for years. Go to the Smoking Gun website. You'll see the other photo showing part of his face. They surely know who it is. Cops do this stuff all the time. Gives the good guys a bad name. Obviously, their brain isn't where it should be. What an embarrassment for the department!

Allan @ 8/31/2011 6:43 AM

I'm troubled by these comments of whether it matters if the idiot was on-duty of off. It doesn't in the public's eye and it shouldn't be an issue. The uniform, whether onduty of off should indicate a symbol of stability and authority. This clown and those who can accept these actions have a lot to do with negative public image.

Lt. Dan @ 8/31/2011 8:07 AM

Mark Brooks, I agree with you. Regardless of whether he is on-duty or not, HE IS IN UNIFORM! Public perception is everything.

Butch Meriwether @ 8/31/2011 8:19 AM

I wonder if they determined if the trooper had stopped the female for speeding or some other traffic infraction and the trooper told her that if she let him have sex, she wouldn’t receive a ticket. It will be interested to learn the circumstances behind the sex act.

SamJ @ 8/31/2011 8:31 AM

Dana, what crime? Why are you calling the woman (if it is a woman) a victim? You make alot of assumptions about the photo. Might it be consensual sex, off-duty with a girlfriend? And in your story you call someone an "alleged officer" but say he still works for the police department. That makes him an officer, not an "alleged officer."

Janet @ 8/31/2011 8:37 AM

Very unprofessional. They could have made reservations at a nearby hotel or motel.

motorcop @ 8/31/2011 8:45 AM

I find it strange that this is taking place right in the camera's field of vision. If this is a surveillance cam, set up in a specific location, how did the trooper, the female participant, and the vehicle end up at this "specific" location? Did the female plan to make it happen in front of the cam? If the trooper knew there was a cam surveying the area, would he have done it in that "specific" location knowing he would be on camera? Things that make you go hmmmm!

TBOW426 @ 8/31/2011 8:56 AM

Crime??? Since when is stupidity a crime? Unless he is forcing her then it is just a case of extreme bad judgement. Local girl where I live got pissed at a cop she was "seeing" so to speak. Accused him of rape because she said she was scared of his handgun and was afraid to say no. Jury voted 11-1 to convict. Pled to a lesser charge of sexual misconduct. Career over!!! Jeez!!! Think with the big head please!!!

Jimmac47 @ 8/31/2011 9:21 AM

The bottom line is our accountability to the public we serve. This type of conduct has no place in police work.

Cop wife @ 8/31/2011 9:34 AM

Don't judge before you know what the relationship is. My husband used to visit me at work while on duty to get a quickie now and then. That's HOT sex! You all are just jealous and close minded and frigid. Loosen up. Sex outside is liberating.

hacker15 @ 8/31/2011 11:33 AM

Not sure about the animal on the ground, but it looks like it's about to bite him in a very 'personal' spot! What a clown! Like he can't see a camera out in the middle of nowhere? And the simple fact that the camera lens is pointed DIRECTLY at him???? Maybe he and his partner wanted to put on a show....

Jeff @ 8/31/2011 11:54 AM

Guess he couldnt wait to get off!!!!!!Dummy just lost his job!!!!

Maleman39 @ 8/31/2011 11:58 AM

Maybe it was his girlfriend, ala Clint Eastwood. Seriously, a uniformed police officer on or off duty acts under the color of authority. If he/she abuses the uniform, he/she should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and dismissed from the force. This is what happens in the military all the time.

Tim @ 8/31/2011 1:26 PM

Thanks, Mark. That is the distinction between a criminal offense and an administrative offense. I'm around scumbag lawyers all the time and the difference between jail and just lawyer bills is often down to a technicality. Either way, he probably won't be on the recruiting poster this year.....but he might make it into some other publications.....

Tim @ 8/31/2011 1:27 PM

Thanks, Mark. That is the distinction between a criminal offense and an administrative offense. I'm around scumbag lawyers all the time and the difference between jail and just lawyer bills is often down to a technicality. Either way, he probably won't be on the recruiting poster this year.....but he might make it into some other publications.....

Mark @ 8/31/2011 5:41 PM

Waaaaaaaaay Beyond the call of "Booty"

Tom @ 8/31/2011 5:56 PM

The officer exercised poor judgement for all to see.

Rondo @ 8/31/2011 6:45 PM

glad to see he's wearing protection-

NYblue @ 8/31/2011 8:10 PM

why does everyone assume its to get out of a ticket or something. can we for a second maybe think its a girlfriend and he is an idiot? which may carry admin charges, but not a criminal act.

ruralcop65 @ 8/31/2011 8:47 PM

Wow. And to a certain extent we are again held accountable for someone's mistake. I'll hear about this one on a traffic stop or at dinner somewhere.

ruralcop65 @ 8/31/2011 8:47 PM

Wow. And to a certain extent we are again held accountable for someone's mistake. I'll hear about this one on a traffic stop or at dinner somewhere.

Lona Bows @ 8/31/2011 9:27 PM

Now, now. Lets not jump to conclusions. He could be trying to give her CPR. I think we should see the entire video before we make a judgement call, don't you? What a cute little puppy.......

don @ 9/1/2011 6:22 AM

I hope it was his wife :)

wolfie @ 9/1/2011 6:50 AM

OK, this is highly inappropriate, but I take issue with Dana's comment that the woman is a "victim." She doesn't appear to be an unwilling participant to me.

Cadel @ 9/1/2011 8:44 AM

I guess this is what the call 'conduct unbecoming'. Yikes!

Toooo Funny @ 9/1/2011 12:24 PM

Thats one way of getting booted, hope it was made of gold.LOL

Bob @ 9/1/2011 12:44 PM

A N.M. State Trooper having sex with a women on a car hmmm... he has an AR slung and there is a cat between his legs. Sure is a nice high camera angle... passing tractor trailer maybe?

- kinda odd he would have a long rifle slung and a cat between his legs.

Possibly a Spoof?

Capt David @ 9/1/2011 2:38 PM

May not be a crime or violation if it was consenting.

dmortex @ 9/1/2011 5:09 PM

This guy probably told the girl that there is an animal between his legs, but her thoughts weren't released. . .oh, you're talking about the Chihuahua!! Never mind.

Ron @ 9/1/2011 11:48 PM

Beat donuts anytime!

Sponge Bob @ 9/2/2011 3:12 AM

@scpdblue: The clue to answer that question is in the article!

Col @ 9/2/2011 3:51 AM

Cmon scpdblue, remedial investigative skills for you. The article's only eight sentences long.

Jeff @ 9/2/2011 6:32 AM

Things like this just chip away at the foundation of Law Enforcement. How an Officer handles himself in his Department efects officers FROM ALL Departments A sad day for us all his P.O.S.T should be pulled, shloud no longer be able to be an Officer.......

Dave @ 9/2/2011 10:06 AM

Of couse this is a public place. He is on a vehicle, not a bed. He drove there. Anybody else could drive there. How is this not lewd conduct in a public place? It obviously is.

Persuader @ 9/2/2011 10:14 PM

Whoa Dana... "Crime" ? "victims" ? Unless you have some personal insight into this case, you're out of line. As far as we know, that's the dude's wife. While it appears to be tacky and maybe a violation of his agency's policy, there is no indication that what we see is anything other than consensual.

Philip @ 9/3/2011 1:08 AM

To scpdblue: Go on, tell us you're a detective.

Abdul Hafeez Siddiqui @ 9/3/2011 11:09 AM

After all he is human, he shouldn't be fixed for having love or sex, no matter on or off duty, when he is ready to get a bullet on the chest or to chase a fugitive vigorously till death, then why he is criticized if it was a mutual n consentual act. Have a heart, plz.No further comments one is aware of complete facts and circumstances.

Txsniper @ 9/5/2011 1:15 PM

What's the big deal!? It was probably a fantasy of theirs. Keyword is REMOTE. if he was off duty or checked out of service then get over it!

Ed Holland @ 9/8/2011 7:50 AM

I cant beleave he used the hood, all troopers know the truck is better.

retired Trooper

Brian @ 9/19/2011 6:51 AM

As the dog looked on in disbelief! LOL

keith @ 10/3/2011 7:25 PM

Thinking with the wrong head will get you in trouble everytime

Phil George @ 10/21/2011 2:20 PM

It was OK with the American people for President Clinton to do it in the Oval Office. So what's the problem????? The hidden camera in a remote area didn't make it in the public view.

charles manson @ 11/5/2011 5:05 PM

thats are taxs dollars literally going to work thats a cop for you they think they are god because they have badge and a gun it is[] hard ]to have any respect for any officer that is the way to teach are young men and women way to go i wonder if he was shooting blanks looks like he hit her with his night stick damn it i bet he gets rise oh i mean raise for this act there wont be anything done about this they bwill keep him on the force slap on the ass is all that he will get the fucking system sucks that way

Lucas @ 12/11/2011 5:03 PM

Mark A Brooks. in the state of New Mexico where this occured state police are always on duty in uniform or not. part of the oath to become a New Mexico state police officer.

Eric @ 1/21/2014 8:42 PM

I wanna join that force! Lol

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