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Ex-Fullerton School Resource Officer Charged with Upskirt Photos

Paez faces up to a year in jail if convicted, prosecutors said.

A former Fullerton Police Department school resource officer was charged Monday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for allegedly taking upskirt photos and videos of 16-year-old high school student.

Jose Anthony Paez is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 2 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

Fullerton police started an internal investigation into Paez, who stopped working for the Fullerton Police Department in May, after fielding complaints about inappropriate behavior on duty, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators recovered several photos and videos on Paez' cell phone in November 2017 of a 16-year-old high school student on campus, prosecutors said.

Fullerton police issued a statement saying that last summer during a separate probe, investigators "discovered potential criminal conduct" by Paez. Paez was reassigned to desk duty at that time.

"We fully support the decision by our District Attorney to file charges in this case," Fullerton Police Chief Bob Dunn said. "All Fullerton Police Department employees understand the high expectations of the profession of policing and support accountability when those expectations are not met. We remain committed to continuing our mission of building trust in our community and situations like, which paint all of us in a negative light, only strengthen our commitment to that mission."

Paez faces up to a year in jail if convicted, prosecutors said.

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