Naked pictures get Houston Police Department sergeant demoted
Updated On: Mar 13 2013 10:42:00 AM CDT
A former sergeant at the Houston Police Department has been demoted because of naked pictures she allegedly posted online.
An attorney with the Houston Police Officers Union' attorney confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying Stacey Suro accepted the police chief's recommendation for demotion.
The demotion means Suro is now an officer and will no longer patrol the streets of west Houston. Instead, she will work inside the department's property room near downtown.
The decision follows a five month internal affairs investigation after she posted photos on ModelMayhem.com.
The investigation into Suro's online activity started last September. Sources said that's when HPD learned Suro had posted nearly 100 pictures, some of them nude, on the modeling site.
Images aired on Local 2 are not the most revealing. Other images appear to depict Suro in fetish, bondage and other compromising positions.
Suro has since taken her information down. Before the content was removed, Local 2 found a bio in which Suro called herself "Tessoro." She clearly stated she was a model and was charging photographers for work.
According to the department's conduct policy, "Employees shall exhibit professional conduct at all times and shall not engage in any activity, including unlawful activity that would degrade or bring disrespect upon the employee or the department."
No one answered the door at Suro's home in Sugar Land Tuesday evening.
Her attorney said she accepts responsibility for her decisions. A police source said the demotion will likely come with a significant pay cut for the 20 year veteran.
Police Chief Charles McClelland would not address the case on camera in October. Instead, McClelland released a statement saying that the department was aware of the allegations but he could not comment until the investigation was completed.
On Tuesday afternoon, Local 2 called a department spokesperson. Officials have not yet confirmed the punishment.