It may have been a simple misunderstanding. A woman had asked officer Jason Fougere for help. He apparently thought she had asked for self. That would explain why he sent a nude snapshot of himself to her cell phone.
CBS Los Angeles reports that Fougere is under investigation for his unorthodox police work.
The woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, told reporters that she paid a visit to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Westwood, Ca., last November in hopes of locating her missing uncle, a veteran. That is when her path crossed Fougere’s.
She said the officer took her information and her cell phone number. He also reportedly gave the woman his card with his personal cell phone number written on it.
A few days later, the woman said she received a text message [from Fougere] asking if she had a boyfriend and if she wanted to go for coffee sometime.
Next came the selfies (plural). The first — one of Fougere in his full uniform — was innocent enough, even though the accompanying message, “Here’s something to remember me,” was creepy. The woman says she deleted it.
From there the texts became increasingly graphic. One complimented her on her large breasts. “Your boobs are humongous,” he reportedly wrote. “They must be fake. Those will be the first fake t***s I touch.”
She texted back, telling Fougere he was “way out of line” and asking that he never contact her again.
But he did, this time in full Carlos Danger mode, sending an almost full-length nude photo.
“It’s scary,” the woman says, recalling her reaction upon opening the message, adding:
I mean, this is a police officer. It’s shocking. No one has ever sent me a nude selfie before. Let alone a police officer who I was going to him for help.
The VA reports it is conducting an internal investigation regarding the alleged misconduct. The officer has been reassigned without any law enforcement authority while the probe is underway.
Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.
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