St. Petersburg police officer suspended over nude image on phone
ST. PETERSBURG (www2.tbo.com)- A St. Petersburg police officer was suspended 40 hours for using his cellular phone to photograph the image of a nude woman that was on the cellular phone of a man he had taken into custody.
Police Officer Michael Weiskopf received a notice in his employee record along with the suspension, police said.
On May 21, Weiskopf arrested Matthew Petty on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Weiskopf took Petty to a police station to complete the investigation and paperwork.
Weiskopf was in possession of Petty’s cellular phone. Without Petty’s knowledge or consent, Weiskopf looked through the photographs on Petty’s cellular phone and found an image of a nude woman.
He showed the photo to another police officer. Weiskopf then used his cellular phone to photograph the image.
The following day Weiskopf showed the photograph of the woman on his cellular phone to another police officer. The officer told a supervisor about the image Weiskopf had stored in his phone.
The police department’s internal affairs found that Weiskopf discredited the agency. He also violated a department rule that says employees cannot use personal cellular phones to photograph images during work day.