Female Columbus officer sues over handling of nude photos

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A female Columbus police officer is suing the city and department administrators claiming nude photos of her were illegally obtained and improperly shared among officers during an internal investigation.

Media outlets report Tricia Zimmerman admits she sent nude photos to her boyfriend, Columbus officer Jeffrey Lazar. She says they were shared on personal phones and taken while off-duty.

The photos were investigated after Lazar’s estranged wife took his phone to police Internal Affairs and alleged he and Zimmerman had had sex while on duty.

The claim was unsubstantiated. But Zimmerman alleges investigators printed and shared the photos with uninvolved officers during the review, prompting degrading comments, workplace hostility and retaliation.

The city denies the allegations. It declined comment on pending litigation.

Lazar sued separately, charging the phone search was improper.

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