MADISON – A 15-year veteran of the Madison Police Department resigned Wednesday after being filmed engaging in sexual activity in a department-issued vehicle in September.
The department announced Lt. Reginald Patterson’s resignation after the conclusion of an investigation into the incident, which was captured on camera by a bystander.
The department found during an investigation that Patterson violated multiple policies, and deemed that a separation from service was necessary.
“The recent actions of Lt. Patterson do not align with the mission of the Madison Police Department,” the department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The transgression was caught on camera by a man in the parking lot of a Madison Farm and Fleet store, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. The man decided to film after seeing legs pop up in the backseat of the police car, along with two bodies.
Patterson was placed on on administrative leave the day of the incident, after video of the incident was circulated on social media.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident, and no criminal charges were referred, according to the statement.
Laura Schulte can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @SchulteLaura.
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