As just about everyone knows by now, a New Mexico State Police officer who was captured in a couple pictures having sex recently in Santa Fe is on paid leave while the recently-completed internal affairs investigation moves on to whatever disciplinary action his bosses decide to mete out.
The New Mexican decided Tuesday to identify the officer as we often do with state employees on paid leave for various internal investigations.
The officer is Bert Lopez, the 2009 District 1 Officer of the Year and a July recipient of a Challenge Coin, an honor given to state cops who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Here is the article that posted Tuesday online in The New Mexican:
When our media partners at KOB-TV published and broadcast the pics late Monday, the story went national all day Tuesday with mentions on national websites like HuffingtonPost, FoxNews and TheSmokingGun, to name just a few.
Lopez didn’t exactly keep his 10-35 on the down low as Santa Fe County had, unbeknownst to the state cop, placed a motion-activated camera at the entrance of La Bajada Ranch where Lopez met up with his friend before engaging in the Honda hood action.
That camera snapped a couple of pics that now have Lopez facing possible termination.
I’ll update what discipline Lopez receives when I learn more. Some think its much ado about nothing while others are calling for his head. Police haven’t officially said much about the incident, but it sounds to me as though he was on the clock, but the sex wasn’t in any way an exchange for getting out of a ticket or anything like that dealing with his job as a cop.
Criminal charges are not being pursued.