A Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of distributing “intimate” photos of his wife without her consent.
Brady Lamas, 45, is charged with six misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by distributing multiple private intimate images without consent, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is due back in court Feb. 6 for a pretrial hearing.
Prosecutors said Lamas shared the images with other people, including other LAPD officers, between December 2021 and January 2022. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the charges, reported that the images were of Lamas’ wife, who is also an officer.
Lamas is free on bond. The LAPD issued a statement saying it is aware of the charges.
“Lamas has been assigned home since Jan. 31, 2022, pending an internal investigation, stemming from a criminal investigation being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” according to the agency.
“The department is fully cooperating with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office with this matter and is troubled by the officer’s alleged off-duty conduct which does not reflect the values of the Los Angeles Police Department.”
According to the Times, Lamas’ wife filed court papers seeking a restraining order against her husband, saying she found explicit photos of her on his phone on Jan. 30. She alleged that her husband had nude photos and other explicit videos of her and shared them with a man she didn’t know on the messaging app Kik, the Times reported.
“I did not know the photos were taken of me and did not give my consent for any photos of me to be shared with anyone,” the woman wrote in the court documents, according to the Times. She said she later discovered that her husband had sent the photos to other men via text message and the WhatsApp messaging service.
Her court documents contend that the photos of her were surreptitiously taken during visits to a doctor’s office after she had breast-augmentation surgery, the Times reported. She contends in the papers that after the photos were circulated, some male LAPD employees would stare at her and make comments such as “Brady is a lucky man,” the paper reported.
“My own husband is a predator and he preyed on me,” she wrote in the papers, the Times reported. “I would have preferred that he punched me in the face.”
In a statement announcing the charges, District Attorney George GascÃ³n said the alleged conduct “can cause lasting emotional distress.”
“No one should be subjected to these cruel and invasive actions,” GascÃ³n said. “As a law enforcement officer who encounters victims each day, he should know the trauma that is caused when someone’s privacy is violated.”