Photographs released Monday confirm what the Santa Fe County Sheriff said earlier this month — that a uniformed State Police officer seems to have been caught on a county government security camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.
State Police officials still have refused to say whether the officer, whose identity has not been released, faces any sort of discipline for the tryst at Santa Fe Canyon Ranch, south of town.
The Sheriff’s Office released the two photographs under a public records request submitted by the Journal.
The photos show a man in a police uniform standing and leaning over a woman, who is lying on the hood of a compact car with her bare legs around the man’s body. The camera’s point of view is above and behind the officer. His utility belt, with handcuffs attached, hangs behind him.
Hanging out near the couple is what appears to be a Chihuahua or other small dog. In one photo, the little dog seems to be looking up at the couple.
The car is not a marked police unit.
The images come from a surveillance camera intended to catch vandals or burglars at Canyon Ranch. In 2009, the county purchased 470 acres of the ranch in the La Cienega area off Interstate 25 for $7 million. The county property includes a large house with a pool. The commission has not decided what to do with the ranch property.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said that the county sometimes sets up cameras in areas hit with graffiti or other crime problems. In this case, the county provided the sheriff with the photographs from the Canyon Ranch camera so he could help determine which law enforcement agency the officer in the pictures comes from.
“We identified them as State Police,” Garcia said. The sheriff said the pictures were provided to State Police Chief Robert Shilling’s office.
“There’s no criminal investigation,” the sheriff said. “It’s something that State Police now has to deal with.”
When the Journal broke the news of the incident earlier this month, Garcia said, “I’m glad it was not one of my deputies.” He said that while nothing illegal appeared to be going on in the pictures, they seemed to depict “inappropriate” activity.
As for what’s going on with the officer, State Police remains mum.
“Because there is a pending personnel action, the chief is not prepared to comment on that at this time,” said State Police Maj. David Martinez. The major also declined to identify the officer.
State Police also recently rejected a Journal request for records pertaining to the sexual encounter. The Journal obtained the photographs through a separate records request to county government.