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Police Radio Broadcasts Tenn. Cop's On-Duty Sex

March 19, 2012  | 

A Memphis (Tenn.) Police Department officer has been suspended after his police radio broadcast him having sex in his cruiser to more than 30 colleagues at the station.

The broadcast came from Officer Dion Anthony's cruiser between 8:45 and 9 p.m. on March 12. Officer Anthony is being investigated for an improper radio transmission, reports ABC.

"Anytime you communicate via a handheld or console microphone you want to remain professional," Sgt. Karen Rudolph told Fox 13.

Tags: Communications, Officer Misconduct, Memphis PD, Sex On Duty


Comments (28)

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Frank @ 3/19/2012 6:23 PM

So the Memphis Police Department's biggest concern is that the sex act was transmitted over police radio? Was this guy on duty?

Eric Nunez @ 3/19/2012 6:23 PM

I feel I must be missing something here (hear). An officer allegedly has sex on duty in his police vehicle and said officer is being investigated for having transmitted that act on the radio. Hello, I know I am not the only one thinking that the actual act of having sex on duty in a police vehicle is the real issue here. I am guessing Sgt. Karen Rudolph's comment was either taken out of context or she was commenting on a different incident altogether. I am not sure how Officer Anthony would remain professional on the radio during such a unprofessional and unethical act.

pegg696 @ 3/19/2012 6:40 PM

OOPS!

Lee @ 3/19/2012 6:52 PM

I don't get it...Apparently professionalism over the radio (which this situation is going to be taken as an accidental ack up from me) is more important that an unethical act while on duty? I am only assuming the officer is on duty as he keyed up the radio from his cruiser...All facts are not known and I guess I will not judge...But still....

Josh @ 3/19/2012 6:57 PM

Really? The fact that he had sex while on duty is okay but he's going to get in trouble for improper radio use? Someone needs to get their priories in order. According to ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/memphis-cop-allegedly-overheard-having-sex-in-squad-car/) Officer Anthony was on duty when the incident occurred.

Jason @ 3/19/2012 7:08 PM

The fact is they can not prove he had sex, only that what sounded like sex was heard over the radio. So he got introuble for improper radio use. Which is a against their policy because cussing and stuff like that is illegal per the FCC. If he denises actually having sex, they have proff of his radio being used improperly, so that maybe the only thing they can get him in trouble for. Its very easy to fake sex sounds, so he can deny it very easy.

max @ 3/19/2012 8:12 PM

Hey Jason, You ever heard of dash cams????

Tony @ 3/19/2012 8:15 PM

Believe it or not, there's probably no policy governing having sex in your patrol car, yes there probably should be and probably will be tomorrow but for now, the only one on the books is "broadcasting improper radio traffic" sooooooo.......smh

Erick Becker @ 3/19/2012 8:46 PM

Note to self.....Make sure radio is turned off!

Leonard J. Mather, PhD @ 3/19/2012 8:48 PM

His best defense will be playing the song sung by Pam Tillis (Mel Tillis' daughter), entitled: "Maybe it was me....Maybe it was you... Maybe it was Memphis!"

Erick Becker @ 3/19/2012 8:51 PM

Or Perhaps Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love"!

Sgt @ 3/19/2012 9:33 PM

Ah, yes, the good old days ...;)

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Figgy @ 3/20/2012 12:40 AM

How do they know it was the officer. Unless the girl or guy was saying his name during the act. If he is at fault of doing this, does he get fired or suspended? I mean no one saw it actually going on. So all they can really charge him with is the sound transmitting over the air waves. They can't make him register as a sex offender. Really its his word against there's. But, the city can make him pay back to time he was having sex while he was on duty. All I have to say is next time shut off the car police radio. So you don't get caught. Good luck hope every thing comes out that you don't loose your job and don't have sex in your police cruiser.

Mark @ 3/20/2012 6:20 AM

They are not saying he can't have sex on duty, just that he was unprofessional. Hmmm...

AJ @ 3/20/2012 6:54 AM

Maybe they should ask his wife is 15 minutes is the norm? You know to help ID him given the time frame...

Brett @ 3/20/2012 7:07 AM

Hey Max, Have you heard Dash cams only work when activated????

Allen @ 3/20/2012 8:03 AM

I am sure the FOP will defend sex in Police Cars on duty as well as the improper radio transmission. They defend every other ass in our profession who discraces the badge. What a pitiful commentary on us as a group.

John @ 3/20/2012 8:56 AM

This is precisely the kind of thing that contributes to the stereotype that the folks in our profession are corrupt and not too bright. Also, the PIO for this agency needed to expound on the FOCAL point of her remarks or comment with no comment (i.e. not to identify the radio procedure violation as the priority), that the allegation is under investigation and to stop there.

Finally, a carte blanche statement from the Chief about the expectations and professional nature of the overall department would have been helpful (for the team).

My two cents

Scott Ellis @ 3/20/2012 1:52 PM

I work for MPD, He is TOAST Yes he did, and it was like listening to audio of a porn flick.

Mark A. Brooks @ 3/20/2012 2:57 PM

What if he was on lunch or on break? What's wrong with going home to honey for a lunch time quickie? Lol

So sad that his fellow brothers and sisters are jumping the gun. "On duty" doesn't mean he's on patrol...just means it's his shift.

Mike @ 3/20/2012 3:53 PM

Like the one guy in the news story said, "unacceptable." A week off w/o pay should stop that kind of nonsense.

Jim A @ 3/20/2012 6:26 PM

There is certainly a policy somewhere that would cover what occurred other than the radio transmission - such as Conduct Unbecoming an Officer or Negligence of Duty. But like someone said, they can't PROVE the sex part, only the radio transmission.

And this guy gets everything that is coming to him. Goodbye, Dion. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/20/2012 9:27 PM

I love the memories this brings back but thankfully only the three police agencies we shared a radio frequency with ever heard our open mike. Ours was from a Detective trying to talk his way into the pants of a female reserve officer he has just been working with that night on drug buys. His foot was against the mike of his radio which was under the drivers seat of his unmarked car. Nobody complained about the open mike and it lasted over an hour and was very informative to everyone listening that night. It was the first time nobody complained about an open mike. And we could hear everything so clearly too.(Motorola always made a good radio) It was in the days before cell phones so nobody could call him to let him know about his open mike. Makes me miss the good old days.

highrite @ 3/20/2012 10:45 PM

Wow. Bad ju-ju. Hey, wasn't it former Mr. Pres Clinton though who had sex basically "on duty" while in the Oval Office, which could be considered the ultimate of police cars?

Michael @ 3/21/2012 12:20 AM

Well, is your shift that long you can't wait to get off to get some......I mean really Dude.................she must have been pretty hot. Well, maybe they will get him for "sexual gratification" while on duty....I mean Fort Worth did something similar and fired the guy.

Sgt @ 3/21/2012 6:16 AM

There is a guy in NY that got caught having sex while on duty. He was fired and has been awarded his job back.

Tank @ 3/21/2012 6:28 AM

There are actually several issues here that needs to be addressed. First of all, this officer is being paid to have physical relations while on duty and that is unacceptable. That displays a lack of character. Taxpaying citizens should demand that job be taken from the officer. I have a set rule, while on the clock any officer who serves under me gets caught having sex while on duty, as long as he/she is having sex they have a job. The second they stop...they are fired. Humorous I know but it helps them remember that rule and creates a visual image that is more readily remembered. We have calls to answer, officers that need back up and an expectation by the citizens and business owners for protection. You cannot do that with your pants around your ankles. Plus, thats not this officer's first rodeo I am sure. This is just the one time he got caught. Secondly, the administration should take a firm stand on the matter. Normally policy and procedure dictates punitive actions but it needs to be severe and it needs to send a message. Lastly, public relations. This matter should have never been released to the public anyway as reportable news. If this had been a potato chip delivery person making 50k a year, this would have never been news. Whoever leaked the story to the press should be ashamed of themself and the media who printed such apparently has no better news to print. This creates an embarrassment to not only the officer , his family and friends, but to the department and the city in which he serves. And finally...to law enforcement officers in general. Yes, I am a Chief of Police with 25 years of service and yes, I have terminated officers for just such behavior. It is my opinion that this matter was handled inapprotpriately based upon the story and information we are given here.

PattyB @ 3/31/2012 4:59 PM

Hold everything! Be patient. Instant news to the public is great but it makes us forget that the press preliminary info is 1-sided.
Trust me, he will be fired and if they can find any criminal statute to prosecute--they will!
His suspension for radio misconduct is just to give the department time.
Once they start the investigation or file a job action there will be time lines and union rules to worry about.
He will get his---he is a schmuck and makes all LE look bad.

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