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CHP Officers Accused of Sharing Suspects' Nude Photos

October 27, 2014  | 

A California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos from a DUI suspect's phone told investigators that he and his fellow officers have been trading such images for years, in a practice that stretches from its Los Angeles office to his own Dublin station, according to court documents obtained by the Contra Costa Times.

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.

Comments (9)

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Chips and dip @ 10/27/2014 5:19 PM

I can't believe this guy gets popped and he's going to take down more officers with him. Where is the loyalty brothers and sisters. This has been going on for years. Especially during raids.

TheRookie @ 10/27/2014 10:16 PM

He's the schmuck & should have resigned the minute he was caught doing that. Cut it off & stop the bleeding. Now he's going to drag any & everyone he can with him into his eventual firing.

Mike @ 10/28/2014 1:05 AM

Chips and Rookie, the reprehensible conduct of the officers involved in trading the photographs as well as those who knew it was occurring but failed to stop it far more than merits their firing. I hope the investigation flushes as many turds out of their departments' punch bowl as possible. No one who would engage in or tolerate such behavior by those in uniform should be anywhere near a badge. Anything short of full accountability by all of those involved would do nothing but widen the rift between law enforcement and the public it is meant to serve.

MagnusCanis @ 10/28/2014 1:10 AM

@ChipsandDip and TheRookie By the comments you made, you are the very type that would drag down a good PD. I can only hope that what ever stupid antics you are involved in, that it does not compromise the integrity of a Law Enforcement agency.

EODK9Trainer @ 10/28/2014 3:40 AM

Loyalty? Seriously? These officers are not loyal and for you two to type here otherwise is a stain on the good officers. TheRookie and Chips and dip need to rethink their comments.

Aj @ 10/28/2014 6:58 AM

My loyalty is to my oath. If you are honorable, than you are covered as well. If not, you shouldn't be wearing the badge.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/28/2014 9:45 AM

Folks were talking California here people here (not all but some ) walk around and drive around nude all the time. It is only illegal if some one complains. These types would like to have their photos shown. I wonder who complained about the officer and how are the photos considered stolen if they are for public view.

TheRookie @ 10/29/2014 2:16 AM

Mike & MagnusCanis, When was the last time you looked at nudie pictures, Yesterday? Give it a break. L.E.A's. have way more problems to solve than some nude pictures. The 5 year CHP Trooper has got to pay the piper & it's on him. But when you bring other wise good Officers down for the hell of it I don't agree. I understand your new PC Police beliefs. I retired in 2010 & am glad. The newer breed are book & social media smart with minimum actual street smarts. Some of the reason why so many problems are occurring in L.E. throughout the Nation these days. Educated with very little Common Sense you youngsters are. Kind of why I survived 24 years with only 3 days ever suspended, 1 IA, & 2 write ups.
If a fellow Officer showed you downloaded pictures you thought were from his phone you'd be looking. That unless your ___. It's a mans nature to look at beautiful women.

Mel @ 2/25/2015 7:33 PM

Is it misconduct for a police member to share nude photos of previous relationships with a current relationship, in Canada?

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