By Juan Montoya
A Brownsville Police Department commander resigned suddenly shortly after he was confronted by Internal Affairs investigators with nude photos of himself that he had sent a city woman who asked for his help in helping her son who was involved in a traffic accident.
Details of the case have been kept hidden while Acting Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez and City Manager Charlie Cabler huddled to figure out a strategy on how best to handle the dissemination of the news to media outlets.
But Brownsville being Brownsville, a handful of media organs (no pun intended) are in possession of the photos reportedly sent to the woman by the former Commander William Ingram who suddenly retired on Tuesday April 21st at 10:21 am.
Ingram joined the department in 1977 and was promoted to Commander of Uniform Services September 16, 2009.
According to PD sources, the report filed against Ingram by the woman and now in possession of Internal Affairs has the victim claiming that after she approached Ingram to help her son with his case, he started sending her photos of himself and was persistent in that she send him some back.
The woman is said to have complied with one photograph of herself, but sources say they were nothing as revealing as the numerous nude photos Ingram sent her from the police station gymnasium using his city-issued cell phone.
This is not the first time that Ingram has made headlines in Brownsville. In July 21, 2010, he, along with Police Chief Carlos Garcia, Commander Robert Avitia, and then-Lt. Orlando Rodriguez and Lt. William Ingram were all involved the so-called Sandbag Scandal" prior to the arrival of Hurricane Alex where they had city employees deliver sandbags to their private homes.
Officers with the Brownsville Police Officer's Administration (BPOA) and Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas (CLEAT) raised the allegations a police department-issued truck was used to pick up sandbags and that two Brownsville city employees assigned to the department delivered the sandbags to the homes of the four administrators.
However, that incident pales in comparison with the issues contained in the woman's complaint against Ingram.
"If this is what the commanders of the cops are doing, what can we expect from the lower ranks," said a source close to the city administration. "The cops are going to take another black eye on this one."