From the archives of Matier and Ross in the SF Chronicle...
Starring in porn flick probably won't get S.F. cops fired
Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
It's causing no end of embarrassment for the SFPD and the Sheriff's Department, but a cop couple caught moonlighting in a 45-minute porn video are probably going to hold on to their badges.
Their star turn isn't exactly doing wonders for their careers, however -- at least the ones where they wear their uniforms.
The male cop who stars in the boffing extravaganza, Officer Darryl Watts, is off his Tenderloin beat and now is working a desk.
His female film partner, Kelly Francisco -- an institutional cop who works for the Sheriff's Department -- remains on the job at San Francisco General Hospital but could be in hot water with the bosses who look out for the department's image. They suspect she has made at least four videos, attended adult film conventions and, until recently, had her own adult Web site under the stage name Reina Leone.
The pair sent both shock waves and giggles throughout station houses this week when they were discovered to be the protagonists of "Bus Stop Whores," a hard-core romp apparently filmed in Los Angeles and now available on the Internet.
In one scene, the 29-year-old Francisco -- who goes by the name Mira in the video -- solicits a sex act for $500.
She and Watts, 27, then vigorously proceed to demonstrate a variety of full cavity search techniques not found in the standard police manual.
Since the video surfaced Friday -- and began making its way to various news outlets -- both the police and the sheriff's departments have opened misconduct inquiries.
And at the same time, they've done their best to keep a straight face.
"The department has immediately initiated an investigation to determine if there is any violation of department rules and procedures or if any criminal misconduct has occurred,'' said SFPD Officer Maria Oropeza, who has been fielding calls and appearing before a string of TV cameras.
"This is disgusting,'' was the e-mail message we got from one viewer, who sent us a copy of the Web link to the couple's video.
But some in the department were a little looser in their assessments.
"Hey, this is San Francisco -- what do you expect?'' said Sgt. Joe Garrity, who worked out of the same station as the porn cop.
"Personally, I haven't seen the movie -- but then I'm more of a Disney kind of guy,'' Garrity said.
He added, "But from what I hear, Brad Pitt doesn't have anything to worry about.''
And if legal precedent holds true, the naked pair might not have all that much to worry about either.
In January, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned the firing of a San Diego cop who was canned in 2001 for making and selling explicit videotapes of himself -- just himself -- on EBay.
A federal judge rejected the officer's claim that the video was protected free speech. But the appeals court disagreed, saying the tapes were made while the man in blue was off duty and didn't interfere with the Police Department's running an efficient and nondisruptive workplace.
Not that the San Francisco pair are entirely out of the woods.
If, for example, they made money from their Web venture, they would be required to disclose what they were up to and get permission from their bosses for the second job.
Plus, both the police and sheriff's departments have regulations prohibiting employee conduct that brings discredit to the uniforms they wear.
Even when they're stark naked?
"Absolutely,'' said Sheriff Michael Hennessey. "My department logo is all over the press in a discrediting fashion.''
We couldn't reach Watts or Francisco directly for comment. But a man who described himself as a family friend of Francisco's did return a message we left on her personal cell phone.
Speaking for both co-stars, he said Watts and Francisco had hired lawyers and had been advised not to comment during the investigation.
"Both are having a hard time with this, and having it plastered on the news isn't helping matters,'' he said.
Ironically, the porno pair's caper is coming to light as the SFPD vice squad is cracking down on prostitution in local adult movie theaters.
"He (Watts) has never been part of our unit,'' says Capt. Tim Hedrick, head of the vice squad.
No, but the timing is sure interesting.
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