Akron cops path to demotion: Sharing pornographic picture from suspects phone, mishandling search in drug case

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron police captain was demoted after an investigation determined he shared a photograph of a nude woman taken from a criminal investigation, officials said.

Akron police demoted former Capt. Brian Simcox to lieutenant and reassigned him to the departments radio room Tuesday following an five-month investigation, according to a disciplinarian agreement released Friday afternoon.

Simcox, Fraternal Order of Police President Frank Williams, Akron police Chief Ken Ball and Deputy Mayor Randy Briggs signed the document. 

Akron police captain demoted after sharing very private photo without consent

Investigators said Simcox, 20-year veteran, searched the cellphone of a suspect at a crime scene on Sept. 9, 2017 at East Market Street. The phone had a photograph of a naked woman saved on it, the documents said.

Simcox took a photo of the nude female with his own cellphone and started sharing it with other officers and relatives. He also showed the photo to a tow-truck driver and an Akron firefighter, authorities said.

Simcox violated the citys anti-harassment and sexual harassment policies and the social networking and sharing policy. 

A second investigation found Simcox failed to complete a police report during a Sept. 5, 2017, investigation. 

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An Akron police officer has been disciplined after investigators say he obtained and shared a “very private and personal” photo of a female subject.

Authorities say Capt. Brian Simcox obtained the photo without consent and shared it with others within the department. In addition, officers also alerted officials of a second incident where Simcox sllegedly didnt complete required paperwork.

After being charged with several violations, including “conduct unbecoming of an officer,” the department announced Friday it has stripped Simcox of his captaincy and demoted him to Lieutenant. He will not be eligible to be promoted again until 2020.

Simcox will also face a 60-day suspension and be reassigned to the radio room. He will not, however, be charged with a crime.

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