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CHP officer accused of stealing nude photos from San Ramon woman's cellphone

Investigation alleges officer sent photos from DUI suspect's phone to his own phone, court records show

A Dublin-area California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation for allegedly sending nude photos of a DUI suspect from her cellphone to his own phone while the young San Ramon woman was in custody, court records show.

An investigator from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is recommending that 35-year-old CHP Officer Sean Harrington be charged with felony computer theft, according to the court records.

Investigators served a search warrant at the officer's Martinez home on Oct. 16 and seized his cellphone and laptop that contained nude or semi-nude photos, text messages and instant messages from the cellphone of a 23-year-old San Ramon woman arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the search warrant.

The woman, whose name is not being released and is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, was stopped by Harrington and his CHP partner for an unsafe lane change on Interstate Highway 680 in San Ramon just after midnight on Aug. 29.

Doe failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was measured at .29 percent, according to court records.

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The officers took the woman to county jail in Martinez and she was later issued a notice to appear in court and released.

According to court records, the woman later noticed that six photos of her had been secretly forwarded from her cellphone to an unknown number in the 707 area code while she was in police custody.

Doe and her attorney, Rick Madsen, provided a statement to the district attorney's office on Oct. 7 and a judge later issued a search warrant for Harrington's home.

Neither prosecutors nor a CHP spokeswoman could be reached for comment on the case.

No charges had been filed against Harrington as of Thursday morning.

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CHP officer accused of stealing nude photos from San Ramon woman's cellphone

Investigation alleges officer sent photos from DUI suspect's phone to his own phone, court records show

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 12:27 pm

A Dublin-area California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation for allegedly sending nude photos of a DUI suspect from her cellphone to his own phone while the young San Ramon woman was in custody, court records show.

An investigator from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is recommending that 35-year-old CHP Officer Sean Harrington be charged with felony computer theft, according to the court records.

Investigators served a search warrant at the officer's Martinez home on Oct. 16 and seized his cellphone and laptop that contained nude or semi-nude photos, text messages and instant messages from the cellphone of a 23-year-old San Ramon woman arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the search warrant.

The woman, whose name is not being released and is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, was stopped by Harrington and his CHP partner for an unsafe lane change on Interstate Highway 680 in San Ramon just after midnight on Aug. 29.

Doe failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was measured at .29 percent, according to court records.

The officers took the woman to county jail in Martinez and she was later issued a notice to appear in court and released.

According to court records, the woman later noticed that six photos of her had been secretly forwarded from her cellphone to an unknown number in the 707 area code while she was in police custody.

Doe and her attorney, Rick Madsen, provided a statement to the district attorney's office on Oct. 7 and a judge later issued a search warrant for Harrington's home.

Neither prosecutors nor a CHP spokeswoman could be reached for comment on the case.

No charges had been filed against Harrington as of Thursday morning.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Derek
Danville
on Oct 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm
Derek, Danville
on Oct 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Wait a minute here... a Dublin Highway Patrol guy knows how to forward pic's from a cell phone?

By the way, cyber crimes aside for the moment, a .29 percent blood alcohol level (unless they got this mixed up with the August 29th date when the story was written?) is what some of us technically refer to as "three sheets past $#!+=faced". But I am a bit surprised one of our local CHP's even nabbed a drunk driver, considering they spend 99% of their time speed trapping on the Alcosta on-ramps.


Dick Tracy
Diablo
on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Dick Tracy, Diablo
on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Why, this hero ought to be commended -- most officers just leave their jobs at the station, but just imagine the overtime this fine highwayman put-in, on his own time, poring repeatedly over the evidence, looking for clues ...


Renee
Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 8:48 am
Renee, Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

Hey Derek - what the heck does her blood alcohol level have to do with the crime he committed while she was in his custody? You can't set "aside" the cyber crime here - this article is all about the crime HE committed, and people need to wake up and be on their guard around the dirty cops in this world. She was a reckless fool to be driving under the influence to begin with, but she in no way deserved this outrageous invasion of her privacy. He should lose his badge.


sponge bob squarepants
Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm
sponge bob squarepants, Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Derek, sounds like you probably would've done the same thing as Mr. CHIP based on your comments. Pervert.


Herman Glates
Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Herman Glates, Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

The NSA, CIA, U.S. military, and various government workers share your nude photos all the time. They laugh and say it’s one of the perks of the job. They’re never punished. Maybe this cop should go work for them. Obama lied and said it wasn’t happening. People love Obama anyway. Here’s a NY Times article all about it:

Web Link

I sent a photo of me in a g-string to my wife. I’ll bet some CIA clown has it posted to his cubicle wall. For all I know, he probably takes it home at night. Pervert.


Derek
Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm
Derek, Danville
on Oct 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Why yes spooge Bob, of course, but don't worry. I would have shared them with you because that's the kind of generous guy I am.

As to the comprehension-challenged Renee, I didn't need to comment on his crime because the article laid it out quite well. Bad cops are nothing new to me, and this one will hopefully be filing for unemployment soon enough. Or sharing a cell with one of his former arrestees.
My point was that the Dublin office of the Highway Patrol is notorious for NOT patrolling. I have seen mayhem on 680 that was 20, 30, or more minutes old and not one black & white in sight. Moreover, the cause of this mayhem - distracted drivers and idiots with tail-gateless flatbeds dropping debris on the roadway - can only be detected by a patrolman who actually IS patrolling. Whoever is in charge of the Dublin office has been doing an exceptionally bad job for many, many years and they need to be replaced. And yes, they apparently are not a very good judge of character either.

On a scale of one to ten though, if you really want to know Renee, yeah, I am less concerned over this crime than I am with the radical militarization of police departments across the country. And the murders committed by those maniac cops. Stealing dirty photos that were probably floating around the cloud, I'll rate a 2. Make it a 3 for abuse of power.
Murdering people. Well, that still rates a ten in my book.


Learned Hand
another community
on Oct 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Learned Hand, another community
on Oct 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Glates is too modest. The NSA Did bring an obscenity charge based on that photo. Judge dismissed on the basis of the time-honored legal doctrine: "de minimis non curat lex."


Nebuchadnezzar
San Ramon
on Oct 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Nebuchadnezzar , San Ramon
on Oct 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Cops are the same everywhere. San Ramon, Dublin, CHP, Danville, Oakland San Jose, Contra Costa Sheriff, Alabama, LA, SF, you name it...the only ones I trust are the, you know what!


Catherine
Danville
on Oct 27, 2014 at 7:58 am
Catherine, Danville
on Oct 27, 2014 at 7:58 am

So there is no confusion about what I'm going to write, let me start by saying the police officer was wrong. Aside from that, I am sick and tired about hear about these stupid women who have some fetish about taking nude and semi-nude photos on their phone - including the Hollywood bunch who was just recently hacked. What is the fascination? As I've told my kids, if you don't want something to be seen by everyone don't take it and don't post it. Common sense people!!!!


Catherine
Danville
on Oct 27, 2014 at 8:09 am
Catherine, Danville
on Oct 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

And directly at the 23 year old Jane Doe:

If you hadn't been drunk driving, breaking the law, and putting others people's lives (not reputations) at risk, this would not have happened to you. So somewhat of the pot calling the kettle back....


Danny Zuko
another community
on Oct 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Danny Zuko, another community
on Oct 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Dear Janey: If we can't know your name, will you at least post your phone number?


Danville Resident
Danville
on Oct 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Danville Resident, Danville
on Oct 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

We'll never get her name but lets see the pics :)


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