After recently being exposed for leaking explicit photographs of female arrestees, California Highway Patrolman Sam Harrington has resigned from the agency and charged Friday with two felonies for allegedly sharing these pictures with fellow officers.
According to reports from the Contra Costa Times, Harrington, 35, faces up to three years and eight months in prison under the two counts of computer theft filed against him Friday afternoon in Contra Costa County Superior Court. Harrington submitted his resignation to the CHP on Wednesday, according to a statement released by his attorney Friday afternoon.
In this statement, read by his attorney Michael Rains, Harrington expressed “his deepest apologies to the women whose cellular telephones were accessed or reviewed,” he also apologized to his colleagues, saying he was ” embarrassed to have tarnished the reputation of the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement generally.”
“We are pleased to hear of the felony charging decision today by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office with respect to CHP Officer Harrington,” said Attorney Richard Madsen Jr. who represents two of the female victims ”We agree that those charges are merited by the shocking evidence and admissions in the search warrants.”