City and union lawyers refusing to represent police officer who stole women’s nude photosBy Mason White 12:48 PM November 4, 2015
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A police officer will have to pay for his own lawyer after both the city and union said that they will not represent him in a lawsuit.
Officer Sean Christian of New York, is being sued by 28-year-old Pamela Held, after he stole nude photos from her phone during a traffic stop.
Christian was with the 104th Precinct of the New York Police Department (NYPD), when Held was pulled over because her car did not have an inspection sticker.
While searching the car, police found prescription drugs. Held was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge, which was later dropped.
During questioning, Held of Long Island, gave a female police officer the code to unlock her iPhone so she could display text messages to prove her whereabouts.
Police officers kept the cellphone while a desk appearance ticket was written for her.
After Held finally got her phone back, she realized that 20 nude photos and videos of herself were sent to a number she did not recognize.
Her lawyer, Richard Soleymanzadeh, traced the phone number to Officer Christian. The officer told investigators that he never received the images, but Soleymanzadeh said that iPhone showed that the text messages went through.
Christian, who is now assigned to the 70th Precinct, was disciplined for his actions internally. He lost 45 vacation days and was placed on probation for one year.
Both the city and the union are refusing to represent the officer because the case was “not a situation in the performance of his duty as a police office.”