Two Texas police officers in San Antonio have been indefinitely suspended after it was discovered they were carrying on a torrid love affair while on-duty.
Officer Eman Fondren and Officer Rebecca Martinez had nearly eleven years of combined LE experience with the SAPD when they were handed their indefinite suspensions last April, after an internal investigation discovered they had repeatedly disabled their patrol vehicles’ GPS transponders to engage in sexual misconduct with each other while on-duty.
Now, an attorney representing them is trying to get their jobs back through arbitration.
While the incident took place early last year, it was nearly 7 months before the KSAT news team could get the SAPD to release documents.
Internal affairs were first notified of the misconduct when Fondren’s then-wife brought them copies of text messages between her husband and Martinez in January of last year. The texts describe sordid sexual content and included nude photos of both of the officers.
Fondren’s wife then confronted Martinez on Christmas Eve of 2015, landing her in a holding cell for misdemeanor assault. During that time, Martinez showed up and harassed Mrs.Fondren.
The officers conspired to have sex on duty and turned off their respective patrol car GPS units. Investigators used internet air cards to pinpoint their whereabouts while the GPS units were disabled.
While the duo initially denied the sexual trysts, their text records told a different tale and the officers were suspended indefinitely.
“Looking at the totality of the situation, the conduct they were engaged in was not at all ethical, not at all professional,” said Sergeant Jesse Salame, an SAPD spokesperson. “Certainly that’s something that we’re not going to tolerate in this department.”
Meanwhile the attorney for the two officers is arguing that the incriminating text messages taken by Fondren’s wife from his laptop were acquired illegally.
“Our argument, regardless of how it came in, it’s enough for us in an administrative proceeding. I feel very strongly that evidence would hold up in an administrative proceeding,” Salame said.
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