The growing investigation into allegations California Highway Patrol officers have secretly traded explicit photos of female arrestees by poaching pictures from their phones has shocked the community, but similar isolated incidents have popped up across the nation ever since cell phones became quasi-cameras.
None of the cases found resulted in criminal charges for the accused cops.
Last week, this newspaper broke a story on a Dublin-based CHP officer who admitted to investigators that he secretly forwarded explicit photos of female arrestees to his own phone about a “half dozen” times over the last several years and shared them with colleagues and civilians, according to court documents. Officer Sean Harrington told the investigators he learned of the “game,” while working at the Los Angeles CHP office and saw it practiced by officers at the Dublin office when he got transferred there. CHP leaders have said the practice is isolated to the Dublin office.