Former Hamilton Co. deputy pleads guilty to sending explicit pictures, videos
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Hamilton County deputy will serve one year probation and is out of a job, following a guilty plea on one county of telecommunications harassment.
Josh Noel sent an 18-year-old sexually explicit images and videos of himself a few days after he had pulled her over for a traffic stop. He sent the material through social media. She said he did not stop after she asked him to do so.
A second women came forward saying Noel sent her the same type of pictures and videos through social media. That contact did not come about through is job as a deputy.
Noel apologized for his actions. "If I've offended anybody, I apologize for that. Unfortunately, I did lose my career with the sheriff's department and that does weigh heavy on my heart. It was due to lack of judgment, or a lapse of judgment on my part and I accept that and for that I'm sorry."
Noel was originally charged with two counts. One of them was dropped as part of his guilty plea.
Judge Brad Greenburg noted Noel's lack of criminal history and the fact he's taken responsibility, but the incidents did have him concerned. "It is really immature behavior and it's an aggravating factor when you're in the uniform of a police officer, doing these types of things."
As part of his probation, Noel must perform 40 hours of community service and take a critical thinking class at UC. He must also not have any contact with the women.