A police dashcam video (below) of an on-duty officer having sex with a woman in a patrol car in August 2015 in Pasadena, Texas, has recently surfaced.
Officer Jeff Mubarak was suspended for 30 days earlier this year after engaging in intercourse with a young woman who was doing a ride-along, notes KTRK, which obtained the video under the Freedom of Information Act.
In the video, the young woman is seen sitting in the passenger seat, touching Mubarak's shoulder and kissing him. At one point in the video, the woman's head disappears from the camera frame, Mubarak is heard moaning and the police scanner is blaring. The video is then edited for the next 23 minutes.
The Texas attorney general's office said that "portion of that video would be highly intimate or embarrassing, the publication of which would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person and of no legitimate public concern."
"I think the punishment is light," Tom Nixon, a former Houston Police Officer, told the news station.
"It's going to diminish his credibility as an officer for the remainder of his tenure as an officer because there's no expunging this, there's no deleting it, it's in the public record," Nixon added.
Mubarak would not speak to a KTRK reporter who went to his house. A patrol car was parked outside and unoccupied.
The Pasadena Police Department has changed its ride-along policy to only allow citizens to do it once every six months; they will not be allowed to ride with friends or relatives.
"This is simply foolish and amusing and embarrassing," Houston attorney Pat McCann told the news station. "It's not a crime, it's not a breach of public trust. It is a grown man and woman doing something that they are probably going to regret."
The Associated Press reported in November 2015 that about 1,000 police officers lost their jobs over a six-year-period for sexual activity, consensual and criminal; the sexual misconduct included propositioning people and having sex while on the job.
The reported numbers are likely low because not all states revoke officers' licenses for this behavior. Some states don't have a system in place that shows which cops have lost their licenses. In states where such records exist, some did not list the officers' removal even if the media or court records noted the instances.