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Feb 5, 2013 1:00 AM by Sean Mooney

TPD officer demoted for sharing sexually explicit images

TUCSON - An Internal Affairs investigation by the Tucson Police Department has exposed a scandal involving a high-ranking officer, and sexually explicit videos and pictures that were shared within the force.

The investigation began back in November after two anonymous letters were dropped off at TPD headquarters and the Office of the City Attorney's. The letters accused former TPD Public Information Officer, Lt. Diana Lopez of misconduct and cited specific examples.

After receiving the first letter, Police Chief Roberto Villasenor ordered an Internal Affairs investigation. The investigation report was released to News 4 late Monday afternoon.

The report finds, "Lt. Lopez sent provocative photos, one in uniform, sexually explicit videos of herself, through her cell phone to a subordinate officer, with whom she had a relationship."

It goes on to say that that subordinate officer shared one video and photos with members of the department. The report also asserts that some of the images were taken in police department facilities.

As a result of this investigation Lt. Diana Lopez has been demoted to sergeant.

During the investigation 15 police officers were interviewed.

In the final recommendation for discipline Assistant Chief Kathleen Robinson stated: "Lt. Lopez used extremely poor judgement in sending these images, undermining her credibility as a commander."

So far no one has come forward with video or photos but the report states that, "Although video and pictures were not located during the Internal Affairs investigation, there is no doubt they exist."

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