SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after he was caught on camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.

The Santa Fe New Mexican confirmed that the New Mexico State Police dismissed Bert Lopez. The newspaper says Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing.

The eight-year veteran was put on paid administrative leave after security camera photographs of the encounter at the remote county-owned Canyon Ranch near Santa Fe surfaced several weeks ago.

The dismissal comes days after the state police said its investigators believe Lopez did not commit a crime.

Officials would not comment on whether the dismissal was an indication of whether the officer was on duty at the time of the incident.

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