Officers Put on Leave in Rihanna Photo Leak
09/11/2009 AT 06:05 PM EDT
Officer Rebecca Reyes, a nine-year employee of the department, is under investigation for both criminal and administrative issues, her lawyer Ira Salzman confirms to PEOPLE.
Salzman adds that search warrants were executed on Reyes's home in late June, and her computer and cell phone records have been seized. "But my client did not sell any photos for profit," Salzman says. "She did not commit any criminal act."
A second officer, Blanca Lopez, a rookie employee who is a former housemate of Reyes's, is also on paid administrative leave in connection with the investigation.
"My client is flabbergasted, having been dragged into the investigation," says her attorney Robert Rico. "She never saw the photograph of Rihanna until it came out on TV."
Both attorneys say their clients are officers of good standing with the department.
A shocking photo of a bruised and battered Rihanna was posted on TMZ two weeks after Chris Brown was arrested for battering her. He has since pleaded guilty to felony assault, and was sentenced to six months community labor and five years' probation.
In a newly enacted California law, it is a misdemeanor for police officers or law enforcement employees to leak confidential reports or images in exchange for money.
"This is a pending investigation, so we're not commenting on it," said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera.
Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra praised the efforts of the investigation, telling PEOPLE, "No victim should have to worry about crime scene photos being leaked."