Tuscon, AZ — Police Lieutenant Diana Lopez has been demoted to sergeant following an internal affairs investigation after she allegedly sent a subordinate officer sexually explicit photos and videos of herself while wearing her police uniform.
The lower-ranking officer, who was reportedly in a relationship with Lopez, supposedly passed around the pictures and videos to other cops.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that in August 2012 “anonymous letters sent to the department and the City Attorney’s Office about Lopez prompted the probe.” The Star said that according to police investigators, “Lopez violated several department regulations, professional standards and a code of ethics.”
Lopez is considering appealing her demotion to patrol sergeant in the operations division administratively and/or filing a lawsuit against the city of Tuscon.
Tuscon Assistant Chief Kathleen Robinson wrote the following about the Diana Lopez matter:
“Lopez used extremely poor judgment in sending these images undermining her credibility as a commander. Her actions have negatively affected not only her reputation, but the reputation and mission of the Tucson Police Department.”
According to London’s Daily Mail, “it is believed that 13 people might have seen the footage — however no one admitted to it. The racy clips were never uncovered but there is ‘no doubt they exist,’ authorities said.”
Lopez’s cop boyfriend has not been publicly identified, but the investigation into this matter is apparently ongoing.