Officers reassigned over 'racy' photos

SAN ANTONIO, TX San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the photos aired by WOAI-TV Tuesday send "the wrong message" to the public, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The photos show scantily clad women in various poses with the officers. Many are sexually suggestive, with women lifting their dresses or bending over, according to the newspaper. They were sent to the television station in an e-mail after they were originally posted on a MySpace profile.

The officers have been transferred while the matter is investigated, which is routine for such complaints, McManus said. Punishment could range from a reprimand to a three-day suspension, he said.

Ben Sifuentes, an attorney who has represented police officers in disciplinary cases, told the newspaper that officers working in downtown San Antonio are susceptible to drunken revelers taking photos.

The chief acknowledged that such requests are often made, but he said the photos in question crossed the line.

"This is not what we expect, and it's not what the public expects," he said.

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