UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011
Bert Lopez is the officer that has become viral on the internet caught on a surveillance camera having sex on the hood of his woman-friends car… with the woman’s Chihuahua as a witness. Mr Lopez has been fired. He has 30 days to appeal.
The infamous scene occurred just outside of Santa Fe NM at the county-owned La Bajada Ranch, which was formerly known as Santa Fe Canyon Ranch. The camera was installed – apparently without the knowledge of the officer – to capture pictures of vandals. I am sure those that installed it did not expect to capture what they did.
Bert Lopez was also the “State Police Officer of the Year” in State Police District 1 in 2010.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
I reside in Albuquerque NM, and ran into my attorney-friend out of Santa Fe today and chatted about this photo… According to him, the scuttlebutt is that the dog in the picture – which belongs to the lady in the photo – was running around biting the troopers ankle and may have actually set off the surveillance camera. Personally, I can believe the story about the dog biting his ankles… but the little tiny Chihuahua setting off the camera and not the car??? But it does add a bit of flavor to the story….
Also, he (my friend) did happen to comment that this officer is a very nice man… which is unusual for my friend to say as he typically is not a fan of our local police force (although this is a state trooper, the Justice Dept is investigating our local ABQ police force for too many police shootings & killings) . Looks as though Mr Trooper here made a very bad judgment call. Next time, I advise a hotel room.
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, original posting:
I am completely speechless… well, sort of….
There are many wonderful officers out there in this country… this world. But sadly, there are many who do not wear their uniform and carry their badge as they were meant to, and the numbers seem to be increasing.
I wonder if the dog in the picture will be a testifying witness to the event…..
He was placed on administrative leave with pay after surveillance photos appear to show the uniformed trooper engaging in sex with a woman on a car in broad daylight.
The photos did not contain a date stamp, but the sheriff’s office said they were taken two weeks ago from a camera used to record graffiti vandals at an entrance to the spacial Santa Fe Ranch.
State Police will not comment about the pictures or any internal investigation against the officer, saying it is an ongoing personnel matter.
Santa Fe Sheriff Robert A. Garcia said the trooper does not face legal action because even though there may be evidence of a lack of judgment, an actual crime was not committed.
Lack of judgment………… You think?