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Ex-Officer Charged in Nude Video Case

June 17, 2005

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A former Holly Hill police officer has been charged with dropping traffic offenses against women if they let him videotape them stripping, according to State Law Enforcement Division warrants.

Mark Wright, 36, was arrested Thursday on four counts of misconduct in office, according to SLED.

In July 1999 and December 2004, Wright initiated traffic stops on women who were driving under suspension and allowed them to drive to the police station, according to arrest warrants. Once inside, Wright offered to drop the charges if the women let him videotape them taking off their clothes, SLED said.

In 1998, Wright stopped a woman for speeding, but offered to drop the charges if she pulled up her shirt and let him photograph her, according to the warrants.

In September 2004, Wright was searching for drugs in a Holly Hill apartment when he found pictures of a woman in sexual positions. Wright took the pictures but did not list them as part of the search warrant, SLED said.

SLED seized copies of the videotapes and photographs from Wright’s apartment in January, according to the warrants.

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