Wylie police suspend 3 over lewd behavior, child pornography claim

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by JASON WHITELY / WFAA

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Posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

WYLIE, Texas - The Wylie Police Department put a veteran patrolman on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after questions of lewd behavior and child pornography surfaced late Monday night.

The pictures allegedly taken from the policeman's home computer aren't just personal, they're pornographic.

"It's absolutely not reflective of this agency or the police profession," said Det. Venece Perepiczka a Wylie Police spokeswoman.

Images posted on the internet show what appears to be the officer in a sexual act with a woman. Another picture shows a woman posing naked next to a Wylie police badge and doing an obscene act with a Glock pistol.

But even more concerning are pictures of child porn.

They're all believed to have been stolen from the policeman's personal computer and then sent to every e-mail address in his contact list on Monday night.

Even though Wylie named its officer under investigation, News 8 has decided not to reveal his identity, since he has not been charged with a crime.

In addition to suspending him, Wylie also put a female dispatcher and another civilian employee on paid administrative leave because they appeared in some pictures.

"What Wylie administration will be investigating is the officer's conduct and how that relates to him being a police officer here," Det. Perepiczka added.

But Wylie also asked the Texas Rangers to launch an investigation, along with the Garland Police Department, since the Wylie officer actually lives there.

"We contacted him at his home," explained Ofc. Joe Harn, a Garland Police spokesman. "He was very cooperative. He gave us consent... and we did take his computer."

The veteran patrolman has worked at Wylie for 13 years.

He used to be a sergeant but was demoted to an officer, Det. Perepiczka confirmed, though it's uncertain why.

The policeman's telephone is disconnected and he did not immediately respond to an e-mail Tuesday night.

Garland Police said officers will get a search warrant to look at the officer's computer, but it might be a couple weeks until they figure out what, if anything, is on the hard drive.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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