A former police officer has pleaded guilty to texting himself “nude or partially nude” photos of a woman after he detained her.
Albert Kuenhe, while working as a Minnesota state trooper in the U.S, responded to a scene of accident and detained the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Court papers say that he instructed the driver to give him her phone. Kuenhe reportedly went to his patrol car and sent himself three photos. The court documents say two of the photos show the victim’s “exposed breasts.
Meanwhile, the victim was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
The trooper was busted after the victim’s boyfriend using her MacBook, which is linked to her phone, noticed there were messages “containing nude photographs of her sent to an unknown number.”
“The phone itself had no record of the messages being sent as those records had been deleted,” says court documents, which add that when her boyfriend called the unknown phone number, Kuehne answered.
According to the complainant summons, the victim did not give Kuenhe permission to access her phone, leave alone sending photos to himself.
On Monday, Kuenhe filed a petition to enter a guilty plea to charges of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images.
Kuenhe agreed to sentencing terms, including two years of supervised probation, restitution and no contact with the victim, according to his petition.
The current charges were amended from two counts of felony harassment with bias. The officer was fired in October 2020.
“We hold troopers to a high standard and the conduct outlined in this complaint is reprehensible and inconsistent with the core values of the Minnesota State Patrol,” Col. Matt Langer said in a statement.