A New Mexico State Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave following the release of photos showing him having sex with a woman. He is in full uniform, she is partially undressed and on the hood of a civilian car. They were in an isolated part of the desert on a county owned ranch and there were no witnesses to the event which was photographed by a security camera.
Many are calling for this officer to be terminated immediately. I agree that this officer showed very poor judgment by having sex with a woman while he was in uniform, outside, in daylight, during his shift. What we don’t know is important. Was he on the clock or was he on a break? Employers don’t have much control over employee actions when they are on a break or at lunch. What is the relationship between the officer and the woman? Is it his wife, his live in girlfriend? Someone he has known for ten years? Or is the officer having sex with a woman he met on the job and has exchanged sex for leniency on a citation?
Certainly the officer deserves some degree of punishment for having sex while in uniform, in a public place, presumably on duty. I would suggest a day off for each infraction. If it is found that he in any way coerced the woman then he should be fired and perhaps even prosecuted for rape. This is typical of the main stream media and others who see part of the information and immediately start demanding people get fired or go to jail without an investigation being conducted. I wonder how many of those calling for this officers badge thought it was okay for President Clinton to have sex on duty? Everyone is due a little due process, even the police; that’s what the SGT Says.