Sheriff’s corporal resigns over ‘bigoted’ images found on his phone

A sheriff’s corporal in Florida resigned from his job after an investigation into an alleged extramarital affair led to the discovery of disturbing content on his cellphone, including racist images and pictures of his genitals taken at a gun range.

Shawn Pappas, 46, resigned from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in late February after investigators found dozens of images and videos, which included photos comparing black people to animals, disparaging content mocking women, gay men and disabled people, as well as pornographic photos that were viewed, sent or received while on- and off-duty, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The search of Pappas’ cellphone came after sheriff officials received a tip that Pappas, who is married to a reserve deputy, according to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, had an ongoing inappropriate relationship with a corrections deputy. Pappas, an 11-year veteran, was then asked to hand over his cellphone to internal investigators.

The troubling content on Pappas’ phone included several racist and offensive images, including one comparing a black child to a monkey and another that showed a black couple examining an ultrasound photo with the caption, “I think he has a warrant.”

Another meme found on Pappas’ phone mocked participants of the Women’s March in Washington, claiming that “in one day, Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.”

Investigators also found several videos Pappas made while on the job, including one that showed him and another deputy simulating anal sex and another of Pappas donning a hot jog suit while gyrating his body.

Pappas resigned when confronted about the content, Gualtieri said.

“Because I was going to fire him,” he told the newspaper. “There was no question about it.”

Pappas, who could not be reached for comment, is now working for a public safety equipment distributor in Largo. Prior to his post at the sheriff’s office, he worked for 12 years as a cop for…

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