City Police Spokesman Harris Suspended After E-mailed Photo

July 11, 2009|By Justin Fenton

A Baltimore police spokesman has been suspended as the department looks into an allegation that he inadvertently sent a nude photo of a woman to a television station.

Officer Troy Harris, a nine-year veteran who has served as one of the department's spokesmen since 2002, was suspended Friday by the director of the public affairs section and the police commissioner, the agency confirmed. Officials declined to comment further, saying that the issue is a personnel matter.

Sources said Harris was trying to send a mug shot of a criminal suspect to a newsroom e-mail account at WBAL-TV on Thursday night and attached a cell phone photo of a woman that had been saved to the hard drive of his city-issued computer. Investigators were searching the computer.

Michelle Butt, WBAL's news director, said police "consulted our newsroom about an e-mail we received from a city employee" and interviewed several employees. She declined to comment further, saying the incident was not newsworthy. However, the station mentioned the incident on its 11 p.m. broadcast Friday.

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