A New Mexico police officer has been placed on leave after giving a 20-year-old female pizza delivery worker an eyeful.
Five-year veteran of the La Cruces police force, William Gonzalez, 28, was cited for indecent exposure after he answered his door nude when his pizza arrived from Domino’s.
Gonzalez had “threatened” to expose himself to the same woman a few months prior to the incident, according to the police report.
He was “immediately” put on administrative leave after being cited and has yet to return to duty, reports New York Daily News.
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LCPD Chief Jaime Montoya said in a statement: “It is truly sad that an employee knowing right from wrong still does wrong against all reason, it is also sad that an employee will put a fellow employee in a tough position of having to inform a supervisor of misconduct.”
His comment refers to Gonzalez begging another officer, Juan Roman, to coax the pizza delivery woman not to file charges, according to Las Cruces Sun-News.
The female victim said she walked through an open sun room door and saw a naked man as she approached the front door on Nov. 3. She said Gonzalez told her he had just finished showering and made no effort to cover himself.
Once he signed the receipt, he handed it back to her and said he “had no way of knowing (the delivery person) was going to be a girl.”
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When the delivery woman tried to leave, he told her, “Wait. Let me get you your tip.”
He later returned with the money, still naked, and handed her the cash. After the awkward encounter, the woman informed her supervisor.
After she reported the incident to police, Officer Roman was called in to investigate.
“At that point Mr. Gonzalez then made the statement to the effect that if I could make this go away and speak to the reporting [officer] to not file a report, advising that if anybody found out his career would be over,” Roman said in his report.
Roman then interviewed the victim and notified Sgt. Tate McBride about the event. At the time, McBride did not know the perpetrator was a police officer and told himF to write up a criminal summons if the victim wanted to pursue charges.
Gonzalez then texted Roman, writing, “What’s the word bro?” Adding, “Damn bro. It is looking bad.”
The woman ended up pursuing criminal charges against the police officer. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
“All conduct whether on or off duty is direct reflection of who we are as an organization. If that conduct is against our values or policies our employees will be held accountable,” stated Montoya.