A Hudson, New York police officer with the Columbia County Sheriffs Department was arrested after being charged with taking nude photos of a woman and posting them online without her knowledge or consent.
Deputy Thomas G. Bagnall, 27, was arraigned in Livingston Town Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail on a $10,000 bond, Tuesday. He was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony, by the New York State Police.
In August, a Germantown woman was told nude photos of her were displayed on the internet. The victim contacted state police to report the photos, since they were taken without her knowledge or permission.
Investigators determined Bagnall, a deputy for four years, had taken the photos from the outside of her residence without the consent of the victim.
Under New York state law, a felony conviction of a public official results in automatic forfeiture of employment, as would a conviction of any misdemeanor that is a violation of their oath of office.
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said Bagnall would be on unpaid leave for 30 days while the investigation continues.