Officer sues over handling of nude photos

Posted at 12:37 PM, Apr 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 13:17:37-04
A female Columbus police officer is suing the city and department administrators alleging nude photos of her were inappropriately shared among officers during an internal investigation.
WBNS 10-TV reports Tricia Zimmerman admits she sent nude photos to her boyfriend, Columbus officer Jeffrey Lazar. She says they were sent using personal phones and taken while off-duty.
An investigation was launched into the matter 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 photos were inappropriately shared or that Zimmerman was mistreated. It declined comment on pending litigation.