Former California cop who shared racy photos of DUI suspects gets probation, not jail
A former California Highway Patrol officer who admitted to distributing nude photos of women he arrested was sentenced to probation.
Sean Harrington pleaded no contest Tuesday morning to two felony counts of unauthorized access to a computer and copying computer data, reported KNTV-TV.
He was sentenced to three years on probation and ordered to speak to a community violence solutions class about his actions.
If he fails to comply with those terms, the 35-year-old Harrington will be sentenced to 180 days in jail.
His lawyer said Harrington received a harsher sentence because he was a law enforcement officer when he stole the photos from women’s cell phones and distributed them to himself and colleagues.
If his case had gone to trial, Harrington could have faced up to three years and eight months in prison if he had been convicted on all counts.
Prosecutors said Harrington, who resigned immediately after his arrest, admitted to stealing photos four to six times over several years and sharing them.
An investigation into his actions was launched after a woman noticed that photos on her iPad had been sent to an unknown number.
Watch this video report posted online by KNTV-TV: