Cop flashes penis

Asked by a teenage girl to take a picture of a rock group, a police officer shoots a more shocking photo.

By Jack Boulware
Published August 18, 2000 7:44PM (EDT)

Treasured memories of a 14-year-old girl's summer rock concert turned ugly this month after she developed photographs of the Florida event and was greeted with an added bonus: the image of a big hairy penis.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the young girl and her cousin were attending the Altamonte Springs annual Red Hot & Boom celebration, but were unable to get close enough to the stage to take pictures. The girl handed her camera to a police officer, asking him to please take a photo of the band My Town, a group that obviously held some meaning for her. The policeman took the camera and shot the photos, and a few days later the girl picked up the photos from the developer. Her pictures of the concert were overshadowed by the first one she inspected, a photo of police officer Michael LaVoie's penis.

The girl's aunt took the photo to police and filed a complaint, claiming she and the girls were offended. Who wouldn't be? You're expecting shots of the band My Town, and instead you get a close-up of a cop's penis.

A police internal investigation revealed that Officer LaVoie was indeed the owner of the penis, but he insisted he didn't know the photo was going to be taken. He was "just fooling around."

Police officer Thaddeus Antoszewski, a 13-year veteran of the force, admitted to investigators that it was he who had taken the picture, but he claimed he didn't know there was film in the camera. "I took it with the intent to flash officer LaVoie with the flashcube," said Antoszewski.

According to Antoszewski, the policemen were asked several times to take photographs of the concert that night. At about 10:15 p.m., as the two officers were onstage, Antoszewski told investigators, he heard his partner, LaVoie, say, "Hey, Thad. Look."

Antoszewski turned and saw LaVoie exposing himself, then took the photo of his penis. The official police report describes the officers as laughing, and then Antoszewski saying, "We got to be cool."

LaVoie told investigators that Antoszewski told him, "Don't worry about it; there's not any film in the camera."

For their amateur porn high jinks, both officers were suspended without pay. Antoszewski was also demoted, and LaVoie ended up transferred to a different department. Both officers also face probation and possible counseling and ethics training. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also reviewing the case.

My Town was unavailable for comment.

Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a writer in San Francisco and author of "San Francisco Bizarro" and "Sex American Style."

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