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Houston Sgt. Demoted for Racy Online Photos

March 21, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KPRC.
Screenshot via KPRC.

A Houston Police officer who posted racy photos of herself on a modeling site has lost her sergeant's bars, as the agency has demoted her to officer and assigned her to the property room, reports KSAT.

The Houston PD suspended Stacey Suro in October, after the department found hundreds of photos of the buxom sergeant on ModelMayhem.com. Fetish and bondage photos appeared on the site, as well as one with Suro wearing her police uniform. She included a bio referring to herself as "Tessoro."

Officer Suro, a 42-year-old single mother and 20-year veteran, will no longer patrol the streets of west Houston.

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Tags: Houston PD, Off-Duty Life, Officer Disciplined


Comments (27)

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TJ @ 3/21/2013 6:42 PM

She can have a personal life, and a modeling career. Her mistake was posing in her uniform, I guarantee that's what they were able to hang their hat on.

Javier @ 3/21/2013 6:53 PM

I didn't see the photos, but my thought was: how much different is this from other officers (males) who's 'racy,' 'sexy' photos are on the calendars they sell for charity? I realize some agencies are more strict on their "conduct unbecoming" rules, so I imagine her defense team found the agency treated her no different than any other officer doing a similar action.

Doc @ 3/21/2013 7:00 PM

I have seen people do worse things and not be removed from working the streets, or rank. I think they could have dealt out punishment, and she could have stayed working the streets.

garyjansen @ 3/21/2013 7:12 PM

shecanhave a personal life but she cant have that interfear with her job gary j jansen

Blue @ 3/21/2013 7:17 PM

What no personal life? They say you are a police officer 24/7. You are kept to higher standard than a regular citizen. She did not do enough wrong to be demoted and taken off the street. OK she wore her uniform so give her some punishment. Sounds like managment needs to get some more training on how to do their job better. Maybe they need to take a how to be a model class.

hast @ 3/21/2013 9:13 PM

The agency has the right to protect its public image as having high moral and ethical standards, regardless of our "personal life". If a school teacher was an active porn star, who in the public would trust them to teach their children? This officer actively posted suggestive pics of herself on a web site that includes pornographic images while actively employed as a LEO; that does not reflect good moral judgement. A "personal life" is about sending racy pics of yourself to your spouse or boy/girlfriend. When you post them for everyone to see, then you open yourself to be judged by the same standard the agency holds for itself. She should know that, as a police officer, she represents not just herself anymore, but everyone wearing that agency's uniform, and I doubt the rest of the agency all wanted the uniform that symbolizes our profession worn in her half-naked pic.

gp cobb @ 3/21/2013 9:34 PM

"half-naked pic"? Obviously you don't know the difference between 'naked' and 'nude'. One is posed, one is not. Sad.
(retired photographer)
P.S. she can arrest me anytime I'm doing wrong, I bet it sticks the same as any male LEO, JMO.

retired @ 3/21/2013 11:02 PM

Funny thing about having RANK, do something (wrong) and you get demoted. If you were only an OFFICER, you get suspended or fired.

Allie @ 3/22/2013 2:07 AM

Although I don't know all of the details here, I am going to go with the department on this one. This woman could have found something more constructive to do with her off time. She also certainly isn't helping law enforcement take female officers more seriously. The, "hot cop" thing is getting pretty old, ladies. Why don't we try a, "functional, hard working cop" thing for a while.

Mark @ 3/22/2013 2:53 AM

Yes police can have a personal life, but she lost that battle when she wore her agency uniform in the pictures

Adrian Stroud @ 3/22/2013 3:43 AM

Whenever you do something questionable in uniform it can be construed as "Conduct Unbecoming an Officer." I always thought, would I want my mom or dad seeing me do this?? That kept me in check. Besides, I was proud to be a cop and proud of my department. I always tried to put the department in a positive light.

Tim @ 3/22/2013 4:04 AM

I thought Sgts had chevrons, not bars. Anyway, yes officers can have a personal life as long as those actions do not reflect negatively on the agency. The big mistake she made was posing in her department uniform. Had she airbrushed out any features that identified her agency from the uniform she would have a valid defense.

Lt. Sal @ 3/22/2013 5:51 AM

I agree with most as for us having a personal life. but somewhere a bell must have gone off in her head that this may not be a good idea. Maybe those I command might not have the same respect for me, maybe I should not do this in uniform ect... That is what got her, but she should have seen the history of others before her. Of course these articles are too small to always make an informed decision, but overall it sounds like pretty poor judgement from a sergeant. We are held to that higher standard and it is difficult, but it is what we signed up for. Be safe.

John Frank @ 3/22/2013 6:48 AM

It is true every department has a policy on codes of conduct on and off duty. Sure if she ran this by upper management for approval might have got a thumbs up. Plenty of officers and firemen are asked to pose with shirts off for calendars at agency approval it raises money for charity. Guess with all the attention she recieved now she could retire and begin a second career as a model with zero issues. But no matter what as long as you wear the badge there will be others observing you behavior in judgement.

Sgt. Joe @ 3/22/2013 7:02 AM

The pictures themselves aren't that bad...but the uniform? I personally think the punishment was a bit much...but she was wrong.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/22/2013 7:14 AM

The property room is a position of ultra high trust within any police agency, instead Houston PD places no value upon the integrity of their evidence by using their property room as a punishment job. Transfering personnel to this position as punishment instead of placing personnel there for their qualification for the position demeans every piece of evidence stored in their property room. Proper evidence control is the basis of every criminal case conviction. Using this job as a punishment means that there is no value placed upon proper evidence control. Every piece of evidence within the Houston Police Department's property room is now "tainted" and subject to challenge in court based upon their own feeling that there is no value of trust placed upon Officers in that position. I have no idea what the Houston Police Department's policy is on the use of social media but if she violated Departmental Policy then follow whatever guidelines exist for discipline but don't do it at the expense of every case pending within Houston P.D.
Evidence management and integrity is a position of high trust and should be maintained by the highest trained most valuable Officers. Instead Houston is maintaining that they place no value upon evidence control and they consider the position to be only a punishment job with no value to their agency.

NavyK9Cop @ 3/22/2013 7:30 AM

She's beautfiul...I don't give a damn what she poses in. So she used the uniform...then give her 30 days on the beach unpaid, get beyond it, and get her back to work. She stands to make more in those 30 days than she does in two or 3 years as a cop once Hugh plasters her on the cover of Playboy. Haven't bought an issue in years, but that's one I would buy just so Houston PD sees the sales got through the roof. Piss poor management....someone on the management team got their panties in a bunch because she turned them down; I'd be willing to bet.

NavyK9Cop @ 3/22/2013 7:31 AM

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

NavyK9Cop @ 3/22/2013 7:31 AM

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

Ty @ 3/22/2013 7:39 AM

She is very pretty. The uniform was not appropriate though. More power to her.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/22/2013 9:27 AM

Beautiful but stupid.

Trigger @ 3/22/2013 10:49 AM

I think of working undercover with female officers who posed as hookers, tramps, models, etc. just to get the job done, some of those "uniforms of the day" did not leave much to the imagination. All I can say is good luck Sgt.

ginger thomas @ 3/22/2013 9:12 PM

If you are working for a police department and they issue you phones or pay for your phones, then you turn around and take pics of yourself with that phone (not nice pics) and now wonder what the big deal is???? Your job is to protect and serve your community. You are suppose to be a leader in your community, being a role model to the citizens that are growing up around you. Posting pictures like this is just a horrible representation of what women in the work force should not do!

NCdiver @ 3/23/2013 2:41 PM

I agree with a couple of others who posted. Her mistake was using the uniform the old CUBO catch-all was probably used. Otherwise I think she would have been reinstated or paid off in a suit because several officers both male and female have won cases for similar activities.

LadyCop928 @ 3/25/2013 8:40 AM

She should have never worn her uniform while posing for a pic.....

C. Kimbell @ 3/27/2013 6:58 AM

Agree that she can have a personal life, but she shouldnt have taken ANY photos with ANYTHING job relelated. (ie: no uniform, handgun, patrol vehicle, etc...nothing job related or department related!).

S.S. @ 4/14/2013 12:26 PM

That's BULLSHIT. I hope she fights it and gets her position back. Good luck.BTW she's is pretty smokin hot!!!

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