Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Officer Allegedly Bared Butt Police Files in Glen Rock Suit Mention Photos

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Officer Allegedly Bared Butt Police Files in Glen Rock Suit Mention Photos

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GLEN ROCK -- A police officer suspended for allegedly deleting photos from the department's computer server is shown baring his buttocks in both pictures, according to internal affairs documents contained in a lawsuit against the borough.

This latest suit, filed Friday by Officer Christopher McInerney in state Superior Court in Hackensack, features several exhibits, including copies of disciplinary notices that he was served with four months ago by police officials. Those documents provide more detail into the formal charges facing the officer.

The disciplinary notice characterizes the pictures as "explicit" and alleges that the behavior contributed to the harassment of a gay officer who was fired last year.

A Glen Rock cop since 1998, McInerney was demoted from the rank of sergeant on Dec. 6. He was suspended more than 20 days later, along with Officer Bryan Scott, a nine-year member of the Police Department.

According to the suit, the pictures were shot in the Police Department's locker room before a 2005 retirement bash of a colleague.

While posing for the pictures, McInerney apparently "partially removed" his "gym shorts and exposed" his buttocks "in the company of other officers," according to a copy of the disciplinary notice.

Police Department internal affairs documents submitted as part of the lawsuit indicate that, in an interview about the deleted pictures, McInerney "admitted" exposing his rear end, "indicating he was just 'goofing around.' "

Police Chief Fred Stahman would not comment on the suit, and McInerney's lawyer, D. John McAusland, would not comment beyond what was alleged in the suit.

This is the second lawsuit filed against the borough by McInerney.

The disciplinary charge stems from his behavior at the retirement party, which allegedly violated the department's harassment policies, according to internal affairs documents.

The borough's disciplinary notice claims the deleted photos featured the department's former chief and former Glen Rock Officer Matthew Stanislao.

By exposing his buttocks for the pictures, McInerney contributed to "creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment," according to the disciplinary notice. …

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