A surveillance camera set up by Santa Fe County to catch graffiti vandals on public property instead recorded footage of a uniformed New Mexico state police officer apparently having sex with a woman.
The sheriff’s office confirms the video was taken on county land at the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch, a 470-acre spread that includes a 7,800-square-foot mansion, guest quarters, a foreman’s residence, swimming pool, tennis courts, a barn, corrals and a lake.
The sheriff’s office says the unidentified officer faces an internal investigation, KOB TV reports.
The office released two photographs of the scene under a public records request by the Albuquerque Journal.
The Journal says 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.
At one point, the officer appears to be looking toward the camera.
Sheriff Robert Garcia says that although nothing illegal appeared to be going on in the pictures, they seemed to depict “inappropriate” activity, the Journal reports.
When the Journal broke the news of the incident this month, here was Garcia’s initial response: “I’m glad it was not one of my deputies.”