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Posted at 6:54 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Officer suspended for explicit texts

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

A Prince George's County police officer was suspended Tuesday night after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 19-year-old woman whose identity-theft complaint he was investigating, authorities said.

The officer went to the woman's Suitland home on Monday to investigate the identity-theft complaint, said Capt. Misty Mints, the assistant public affairs commander for the police department. By the young woman's account, the officer took her information, including her phone number, and then sent her inappropriate, sexually explicit text messages from the parking lot outside her apartment, Mints said. One of the messages referenced condoms, and another mentioned taking pictures of the woman, she said.

The woman first told her mother what happened, then complained to reporters and the police, Mints said. Mints said internal affairs investigators were probing her complaint, and they were en route Tuesday night to serve the officer with suspension papers. She said she could not identify the officer before those papers were served.

Mints said if the allegations were true, "it's just another black eye to the department and a complete embarrassment."

"If the public calls us, they're calling us for help," she said. "They're not calling us thinking they're going to be harassed."

The incident was first reported by Fox 5. The officer is the 47th Prince George's County police officer on suspension or desk duty for some sort of misconduct. In a brief interview, police chief Roberto Hylton said he immediately removed to suspend the officer because of the seriousness of the allegation.

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 30, 2010; 6:54 PM ET
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Comments

No surprise here, this is just another in a long line of dysfunctional behavior that has been inbedded in the Prince Georges County Police Departments culture for decades. The FBI needs to get involved again,PCPD obviously cannot supervise themselves so it should be done federally.

Posted by: ffordjr1 | November 30, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

PGPD has gone from having a black eye a month to one a week. I think we are just hearing more reports of misconduct. Obviously, there is a culture of being above the law that runs rampant. Maybe the county police needs to be dissolved and replaced by local/city/state police and none of the PG officers rehired. Sounds drastic but what else are we going to do? FBI oversight should be mandatory but I am sure they want no parts of PG.

Posted by: neil64 | November 30, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

DAMN...

Posted by: ntlekt | November 30, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse


Sicker than sick !!

Just when normal sickos would be laying low due to the scandals in Prince Gorgeous County, this pervert has to prove that he cannot control himself !!!

Sounds like another classic case of him getting caught because he WANTS to get caught !!!!

Posted by: polecatx1 | November 30, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Capt. Misty Mints??

So what's the cop's name, Officer Hot Pockets??

You can't make this stuff up...too crazy...LOL

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 1, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Just amazing, what's next?

Maybe Brett Farve can get an application in w/ PGPD.

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 1, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

If Fairfax County Police can shoot innocent people and get away with it, then I can understand how another policeman from a local jurisdiction can "shoot someone an explicit text message" and think it's alright. It's the "we're above the law" mentality that we've all witnessed time and time again.

Posted by: mickeyconnie | December 1, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

He is probably the same cop that stopped you for exceeding the speed limit by 10 miles an hour and yelled at you while writing the ticket! LMAO!!

Posted by: HotelGuest | December 1, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The law enforcement mindset in every jurisdiction is they are above the law. I'm not defending PG, but they are trying to clean up their act while other jurisdictions continue to sweep everything under the rug.

Posted by: Ratzoe | December 1, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

WBAL identified the police officer as Matthew Inzeo. His wife filed domestic abuse charges against him 6 years ago. He had a protective order against him and was ordered to stay away from her between 200-365 days. How is it this man is allowed to still be on the force?

Posted by: PGneedsaccountability | December 1, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

BEEPEE,
Brett could join the PGPD but his inapproriate texts wouldn't work...because its Brett Favre they'd just get intercepted.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 1, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

i wonder if the police officer had a big dick

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | December 1, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I've been calling PGPD the biggest "gang" in this area for years and this right here doesn't even shock me.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 1, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

NICE.

The woman first told her mother what happened, then complained to reporters and the police...

Gotta love those who go to reporters first (after mom), then the police. Shall we say, "lawsuit". Too bad PG County has no money...LOL.

Posted by: fredsfavefan | December 1, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Inexcusable conduct for any police officer!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 1, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Misty Mint Condoms. I'm claiming patent rights!!!

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 1, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

i wonder if the police officer had a big dick

Posted by: JeroRobson1
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Why don't you stick it in your mouth and find out. Sick, freak!

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | December 1, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

In reference to connecting shooting someone and sending sexual comments...

Huge difference here!!

Shootings are often done during high stress moments requiring quick decisions of life or death. If you wait too long.. you could die instead of the bad guy who wants to kill you!

Nobody can know the person is really unarmed until they are taken into custody and searched. You can feel free to armchair quarterback this all day long if you are not the one having to decide at that moment.

But... to return to your car and think "I think I might like to hook up with her" and then take a few minutes to compose a sexually explicit message means you had plenty of time to think about it. Before you hit send you have plenty of time to decide it is probably not a good idea.

I do not know that this cop actually sent anything or what was even said. So I will reserve comment on that until then.

Posted by: AceVentura | December 1, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Was this guy really a cop? Maybe he was just fresh out of the Academy or something. To think that you call out for a cop to take a report and he likes what he sees and just starts texting you period...JUST WOW!! SMDH

I know women aren't that scarce. This dude has issues wondering if he could be an undercover rapist too!! This young lady better beware because dude could be watching her every move. Good Lawd You Can't Trust Anyone!!

Posted by: msruby36 | December 1, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Misty Mints....you can't make stuff like this up!

Posted by: nieci6719 | December 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

NICE.

The woman first told her mother what happened, then complained to reporters and the police...

Gotta love those who go to reporters first (after mom), then the police. Shall we say, "lawsuit". Too bad PG County has no money...LOL.

Posted by: fredsfavefan | December 1, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse
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Can we be rational for a moment? You called the police and then this officer comes and harass you, so what are you going to do? Would you really trust them and call them back after this incident? This type of behavior creates a distrust between the police force and the community.

Posted by: meatkins | December 1, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"...because its Brett Favre they'd just get intercepted."

LOL

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure this isn't a script for a skin flick?

Posted by: UnknownHenson | December 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched the report on Fox News and perhaps he was texting someone else, because that girl is not hot.

My only other guess is that dude is a pervert.

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

There should be some sort of screening for police and other public servants so sexual perverts don't get hired. What a total looser!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 1, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, big surprise, another corrupt cop in Prince Ghetto County! Actually, this kind of thing happens all over the place. My friends' wife was followed and sexually harassed by a Fairfax County cop who got away with it too. Fortunately, technology these days is getting these guys caught, just imagine how rampant this type of behavior was a few years ago!

Posted by: kennman58 | December 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, big surprise, another corrupt cop in Prince Ghetto County! Actually, this kind of thing happens all over the place. My friends' wife was followed and sexually harassed by a Fairfax County cop who got away with it too. Fortunately, technology these days is getting these guys caught, just imagine how rampant this type of behavior was a few years ago!

Posted by: kennman58 | December 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

if anyone has doubts about the 'perverted/criminal mental state' of way too many PG cops, this should squash them!

Posted by: honkytonky1 | December 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

if anyone has doubts about the 'perverted/criminal mental state' of way too many PG cops, this should squash them!

Posted by: honkytonky1 | December 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Prince George’s Co. Police Department should look at their hiring standards and raise the bar back up to where it used to be.

Posted by: gfhoward258 | December 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

for the person who mentioned his ex-wife.. you need to get correct facts before running your mouth about someone you dont know. HE was never charged with abuse-SHE was! I do know this officer and his family. they are ALL good people. he is NOT a pervert.
the real truth will come out soon. facts that happened in person may be hard to prove but text messaging always has a papertrail. I see her and her mom trying to get something from this..which wont happen when the truth does come out.
yes he made poor judgements that he is sorry for but I do not believe she is saying everything. why was she watching him from a bedroom window? didnt she say he was texting for quite a while then her phone rang?
PGPD may not be the best but they still go out there everyday to protect people that live in the worst areas and are not respected anywhere. when was the last time you thanked any officer for putting his/her life on the line for you?
raise your standards of where you want to live by doing things FOR your community not just adjusting to the crime and mistreatment.... then you can tell the PGPD to raise their standards on who they hire to protect you.
PS. I will STILL invite this officer into my home anytime and let my children be close to him because we all make mistakes and poor judgements at times, it doesnt make us bad people.

Posted by: agoldenmom | December 3, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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