Police Lt. Diana Lopez Demoted For Sexy Photos

Diana Lopez was demoted for sexy photosThere are many risks involved with dating someone in your office, like breaking up and having to see them every miserable day. But an Arizona police lieutenant and single mother discovered another risk of an in-department dalliance, when she sent provocative photos and a video from her personal cell phone to another officer whom she was seeing romantically. She's now been demoted, reports the Arizona Daily Star, and is considering a lawsuit.

Lt. Diana Lopez was a public information officer for the Tucson Police Department when she sent a series of raunchy photos and videos, which now have apparently all been deleted, to a lower-level officer whom she was in a relationship with.

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"What Diana did over a year ago, she sent a private video, and some pictures, none of them legally obscene, to her boyfriend, and that was the end of it," her attorney Michael Piccarreta explained in an interview. "Never in her wildest dreams did she think they'd go any further."

Lopez sent them between May 2011 and August 2011, according to a departmental report, and the officer, whose name has not been released, allegedly shared them with co-workers. The department then received anonymous letters tipping them off, prompting it to launch an investigation. The internal probe could not find any of the photos or the video in question, but concluded "there is no doubt they exist."

Piccarreta said someone in the department likely wanted "to cause Diana problems." Lopez was demoted to patrol sergeant.

"Lopez used extremely poor judgement in sending these images undermining her credibility as a commander," Assistant Chief Kathleen Robinson said, according to the Daily Star. "Her actions have negatively affected not only her reputation, but the reputation and mission of the Tucson Police Department."

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"It's legal to make a photo. It's legal to share a photo, in a non-public manner, with someone you're in a relationship with," Piccarreta said. "If any bad things happened after that, why is that my fault?"

"Most police departments are a male locker room mentality," he added.

Lopez could appeal the decision to the court, or sue the city for violating her privacy, Piccarreta claims, or she could put the whole embarrassing experience behind her. "She's mulling over all the options," he says, but the ordeal has taken a serious personal toll.

"She let him into her life," Piccarreta says of the now ex-boyfriend. "It'll be a long time before she lets someone else in."

Lopez is far from the first woman who has encountered trouble at work for risque photos that went public. Last year, New York guidance counselor Tiffany Webb was fired after lingerie shots that were taken when she was a teenager kept reappearing on the Web, 12 years later. Webb is currently suing the school system for wrongful termination, sex discrimination and violation of her First Amendment rights.

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so why is the jerk that shared these photos left unnamed???? seems he would deserve to have his name and image splashed all over the internet as well as a warning to any other lady who might be tempted to have a relationship with him if for no other reason....

February 16 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith Jones

A slight derailment on the affirmative-action rocket sled!!

February 16 2013 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So if an officer commits assault or excessive force, they're above reproach, but sending pictures on a personal phone to someone with whom they're in a consensual relationship is "extremely poor judgement" and "undermines her credibility as a commander." Maybe she should have just killed him instead.

February 15 2013 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Art S

"Never in her wildest dreams did she think they'd go any further."

Ok, either she is stupid or her dreams are not nearly wild enough. This kind of stuff happens ALL THE TIME.

February 14 2013 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Art S's comment

You smell funny.

February 14 2013 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Art S

you silly

February 14 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

For those of you making comments that whatever this female officer did on her own time is her own business, you have very obviously never working in a para-military environment. All officers are responsible for their conduct on and off duty. If an officer does something off-duty that is completely legal, and yet it raises questions of ethics or morals, the officer can still be reprimanded or fired at work. Society holds an EXTREMELY HIGH standard for police officers, and as such police departments have to hold officers to a high standard. Also, in para-military organizations, there is something called chain of command. Meaning there are subordinates, there are supervisors, and their are command staff at the top. This female was a lieutenant, and although the article doesn't specify, I'd guess she was dating a lower ranking officer. Bad choice on her part. That's called fraternization in the military, and you NEVER see officers hanging out/dating enlisted personnel. While what this female did was not illegal in the least, it SERIOUSLY undermined her leadership role within the department, and I agree with her demotion.

That being said, she's suing the Tucson Police Department, and she'll probably win. This thing will never see the light of day in a courtroom. TPD will settle out of court, probably give her the rank back, and just stick her in an assignment somewhere else in the department where she'll never be in charge of other officers.

February 13 2013 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Lopez used extremely poor judgment in sending these images undermining her credibility as a commander" WHAT? What does her personal life have to do with her credibility as an officer? If that's the case, the entire Police force should be demoted. I'm sure there are many officers that drink alcohol, watch porn or any other thing that might seem objectionable. In addition, the officer that shared these personal photos should be demoted as well for his poor choice of conduct! That doesn't sound like responsible adult behavior to me. More like a juvenile school kid sharing his first thrill.

February 10 2013 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would really love to hurt crooked cops... Justice must be served...

February 09 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to carloshll726's comment

Didn't you get from your last response, no one agrees with you. Focus on people who commit crimes and leave this woman alone!

February 09 2013 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stupid cop! LOL!

February 08 2013 at 4:18 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
jesse rhan

i'd love to see her naked.

February 08 2013 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir. JJStryyker

I'm sorry but, That teacher needs to get her english corrected and teach the kids that Gay has a specific meaning and homosexuality has a meaning all of its own. "The Rainbow" should also not be related to homosexuality. If the homosexuals are ashamed to call themselves homosexuals then they need not come into the publics eyes.
I have nothing against the homosexuals. "To Each his Own" but don't change the english dictionary because you think its cute. I never herd the words "Homosexual Pride" Why?

February 08 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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