NBC News recently reported that CHP officers are making a game of stealing racy photos. CHP Officer Harrington of the Dublin area CHP was arrested recently for stealing photos from the cell phones of women he arrested. He would search an arrestee’s phone and then text the pictures to his friends – also members of the California Highway Patrol.
He was charged with two Counts of Computer Data Theft, a Felony. The two Counts stem from two separate instances when he sent the private photos from the arrestee’s phone to his cop buddies. The article describes the conduct as part of a game among the officers.
Officer Harrington says essentially he’s sorry that he got caught and fired and hopes he can move on with his life.
At least one of the cases where Martinez was arresting officer has been dismissed because of the charges against him.
At least one of my clients who was stopped by the CHP says that they took their phone and looked through it. If this is in fact part of a larger game among CHP officers, it has probably happened more than twice.
If you’ve been stopped or arrested by the CHP or any law enforcement agency, you should search your phone to see if there are any texts to numbers you don’t recognize. If you’ve been the victim of an invasion of privacy by CHP you can make a complaint here. Complaint procedures against local law enforcement should be on their websites.
If you need help because your privacy has been invaded by the CHP, call me at (213) 479-5322 to discuss your case more fully.