CHP sued over racy photo sharing flap

CHP sued over racy photo sharing flap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A woman who had explicit photos secretly copied from her phone during a traffic stop is suing the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The Oakland Tribune reports Thursday that the lawsuit was filed in federal court against former officer Sean Harrington and the CHP.

The suit claims Officer Sean Harrington had no cause to search Natalie Sramek’s phone when he stopped her on suspicion of drunken driving last year.

Harrington, CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow and Officer Robert Hazelwood are named as defendants. Harrington resigned after prosecutors charged him a year ago with two counts of felony computer theft for stealing photos from women’s cellphones.

He pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to probation and violence-prevention classes.

Prosecutors declined to charge Hazelwood, who received photos from Harrington via text messages. Harrington was not available for comment Friday.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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