APD officer suspended for inappropriate texts to teen
Posted at: 10/02/2012 5:52 PM
| Updated at: 10/02/2012 5:55 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque police officer is facing a four-week suspension after the police department accused him of texting inappropriate messages to a 17-year old girl he met on a traffic stop.
According to attorney Kathy Levy who routinely represents the department in legal cases, Albuquerque Police Department Chief Ray Schultz decided the suspension was the maximum punishment he could hand out in the case. Levy said Schultz did not believe the City’s personnel board would uphold a termination.
Levy said APD Officer Frank Tillman met the 17-year-old girl after stopping her for a traffic violation. The two exchanged numbers on the scene. In June 2012, the two exchanged the following text messages:
Tillman: How's things going with u and ur man?"
Girl: "There better we have ups and downs but ok"
Tillman: "Thts good. So u guys still together and all"
Girl: "No not really"
Tillman: Oh. I'm sorry. Reason I ask. Is I think ur beautiful."
Girl: Thank you
Tillman: U welcome.
Tillman: I want to kiss u lol.
Girl: Lol i dnt think im ready to move on not now that im prego an stuff.
Girl: Girl night :)
Girl: Good morning
Tillman: Well I think that u being preggo is hot and its a turn on
Tillman: U looked very good today
According to Levy, a friend of the girl’s family brought the text messages to the police department’s attention. The Internal Affairs department then began an investigation.