A now-former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was charged with criminal felony charges after seizing and distributing racy photos copied from arrestees’ phones has pleaded no contest and will serve no jail time.
Sean Harrington’s plea deal, which was finalized on Tuesday, means that he receives a 180-day suspended sentence, three years of felony probation, and according to local media accounts “must also speak at a community violence solutions class to tell everyone what he did.” Harrington resigned from the CHP last year after the charges were filed.
The case emerged last year from a woman, referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe #1,” who came forward to local authorities in early October 2014 after being briefly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in late August 2014 in San Ramon, California, about 35 miles east of San Francisco.
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