A US police officer has been charged after he allegedly took a car crash victim’s phone and sent stored naked photos of her to himself.
It has been claimed the Minnesota State trooper helped following a single-car incident.
The driver, a 25-year-old woman, was suspected of drinking and was later taken into custody.
It was claimed that the 36-year-old trooper then confiscated her mobile phone and found images of her, including some where she was posing naked.
Instead of ignoring the snaps, it was alleged the officer then decided to send them to himself for his own personal enjoyment.
Local media has now reported the trooper has been charged with felony stalking.
They added court records showed Albert Kuehne from Dayton faces two counts of stalking with bias due to the fact the victim was a woman.
He could be jailed for upwards of 10 years and face a fine of $20,000 (£16,112), according to the criminal complaint brought against him.
The woman driver was detained by the officer as a possible drunk driver. Ultimately, she was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released.
Allegations were levelled against the trooper started when the woman’s boyfriend used her laptop which is linked to her mobile.
Laptop records show the woman’s phone was accessed and nude photos of her were texted from it to an unknown phone, the complaint states.
A local news channel said police told them the boyfriend then called the phone number and the person who answered eventually identified himself as Kuehne, according to the complaint.
The women then called a lawyer, who reported the incident, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began an investigation.
They said Kuehne’s squad video showed him leading the woman to his squad car.
Along the way, the woman took out her phone and when he realised that, he demanded the woman give him the phone.
Phone records indicate the photos were sent from the woman’s phone and the squad video showed Kuehne alone in his squad at that time while paramedics treated the woman, according to the complaint.
Using a search warrant, investigators seized Kuehne’s phone and found three photos of the woman on his phone.
The victim told investigators she did not give Kuehne permission to access her phone.
Kuehne has not commented on the allegations.