In Wise County Texas, Sheriff’s deputy Chad Hightower is facing charges of “improper photography” for tricking sex offenders into posing nude for pictures when they came to his office to register as sex offenders.
Deputy Hightower informed one of the Complainants a new state law required all sex offenders to be photographed in the buff. The deputy took the man into a bathroom, had him strip down, and then let him take pictures of him from multiple angles.
But no, Deputy Hightower did not leave it there, he turnt it up a notch!
When the sex offender returned to the sheriff’s office a month later to update his information, Hightower allegedly told him the first photos didn’t turn out because of a glare, and that more would have to be taken. He drove the victim to the county’s impound yard, where he once again directed the victim to take off his clothes.
This time, however, Hightower allegedly instructed the victim that the state would also require a photograph of his erect penis. After declining Hightower’s request, the victim says Hightower asked an additional “three or four times” for the victim to obtain an erection before allowing him to leave.
The victim reported the incidents to a district attorney’s office investigator. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, along with images of the victim, the SD cards from Hightower’s county-owned camera contained deleted images of “several more nude males that appear to be in the same bathroom (the victim) described, others are in the county impound office and yet more in what appears to be a residence.”
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