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Md. Officer Took Upskirt Photos of Women, Off-Duty Police Officer, Police Say



    Md. Officer Accused of Taking Upskirt Pictures of Women

    Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has more on how another officer's actions led to an indictment. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    A Prince George's County police officer is facing multiple charges after he allegedly took upskirt photos of multiple women, including an off-duty police officer, prosecutors say. 

    James Sims was indicted Thursday on four counts of visual surveillance with prurient interest and two counts of misconduct in office.

    Sims is accused of taking upskirt shots on his cellphone of unsuspecting women, the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office said. At least two of the photos were taken during traffic stops in the past year, police said. 

    On June 1, an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction reported that Sims tried to take an inappropriate photo of her at a Sports Authority store in Bowie, Maryland, the state's attorney's office said. The victim chased Sims into the parking lot and watched him get into his marked police cruiser to escape, prosecutors said. 

    When investigators confiscated Sims' cellphone, they found pictures from other incidents, police said. Additional charges are pending. 

    "I find the conduct alleged to be disgusting. Policing is an honorable profession. One of service. One built on trust," Police Chief Hank Stawinski said. 

    Sims, a 6-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from his job.