New Mexico state police officer Bert Lopez has been fired after a surveillance camera photographed him having sex with an unidentified woman on the hood of a vehicle, in full uniform, while a chihuahua looked on.
Following an extensive investigation by the Department of Public Safety Lopez was fired, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The former Officer of the Year was put on administrative leave two weeks ago after pictures taken by a motion-sensor camera of him having sex on top of a car were turned over to his superiors. County officials had installed security cameras at the Canyon Ranch location to catch vandals, and instead caught one of their own in various compromising positions.
The pictures along with news video quickly went viral on the Internet after the details were leaked to media by an anonymous caller. Late night talk show hosts and comedians had a field day with the story, with at least one comic jokingly questioning the things people would do to get out of a ticket.
New Mexico State Police Sgt. Tim Johnson said, "It may seem funny to a lot of people, but not to state police. “It's unfortunate, the department is embarrassed. During that bad decision there were probably 400 other officers out doing their jobs and making the correct decision."
State Police said "there was no indication the sexual encounter was related to Lopez's law-enforcement activities."
Sgt. Johnson wouldn't say if the officer was officially on duty but did say “An employee who did something like this in uniform would be considered on duty,” according to a report by KRQE.
Lopez will have 30 days to appeal the decision by the Department of Public Safety.