A lieutenant, who oversaw the local police department in Somers, is off the job after allegedly making an explicit video while working.
Allegations involving lingerie, a camera and a police cruiser against Jose Claudio Jr. emerged after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.
Even though Claudio was on the job for a year and a half, he got to know many in Somers. The residents said they are hurt by the news and so is the first selectman because he said the trust was broken.
“I never thought he'd do something like that, but I guess it's true,” Ralph Petkis, of Somers, said.
There are allegations against Claudio that he recorded himself performing lewd acts while on the job. He's become the latest, of many nationwide, to be accused of sexual misconduct.
The tawdry accusations were made while Claudio, who has 24 years of police experience, was being investigated by Enfield Police Department for a domestic incident. He was accused of snapping a photo of himself sniffing lingerie while in uniform and driving a cruiser.
Claudio was also accused of recording himself in sex acts while in his office at the Somers police headquarters, according to this termination letter obtained by Eyewitness News. Claudio would eventually admit to it.
"For someone to be playing with something they have no business playing with on the clock is definitely an issue," Ashantique Ealy, of Somers, said.
Somers is protected by both state and local police, but state police have the ultimate authority. Since Claudio was accused of doing this while on the job, state police investigated the incidents.
First Selectman Bud Knorr said he confronted Claudio about the accusations. He added Claudio outwardly denied them, so he was momentarily reinstated in June. Knorr said that changed last week when photographic evidence resulted in Claudio's confession.
No one answered at the former lieutenant's Enfield home on Friday.
"I can't even sit around and play with my phone when I'm at work and I work at a phone store," Ealy said.
Claudio's domestic violence case was dismissed, but an active investigation into this behavior is still ongoing.
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