Report: Officer should be fired for racy texts with stripper

Officer Frank Tillman
Officer Frank Tillman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The head of Albuquerque’s police oversight agency recommends firing an officer who was accused of calling and texting a stripper after arresting her.

After arresting Adrienne Ontiveros in December in a domestic violence investigation, APD Ofc. Frank Tillman found he was under investigation himself.

Ontiveros told KRQE News 13 in a Special Assignment that Ofc. Tillman flooded her phone with flirty texts.

“‘Did you take care of your need already?’ He’s talking about sex,” Ontiveros said, reading the texts. “‘Do you want to dance for me?’ He said, ‘What are you wearing?’”

Ontiveros said she was treated differently because Ofc. Tillman knew she was an exotic dancer.

On Tuesday night, the Police Oversight Board voted to accept a recommendation to fire Ofc. Tillman.

In an investigation, the Civilian Police Oversight Agency said Ontiveros provided lots of texts.

However, Civilian Police Oversight Investigator Diane McDermott said, “Officer T. shared a much smaller number of texts and what he provided was heavily edited.”

McDermott said Ofc. Tillman denied he did anything wrong.

In fact, he said he was just being nice, texting Ontiveros to answer questions about the case.

However, the CPOA investigation found Tillman broke APD policies that he compromised a pending case and then lied about it.

“Officer T. only admitted to specifics in his interview when confronted with quotes from the texts or what had already been revealed in a news story,” McDermott said.

The investigation found of 638 texts exchanged, more than half of those happened while Ofc. Tillman was on duty.

In 2012, Tillman made news for texting a pregnant 17-year-old girl who he had pulled over in a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, CPOA pointed to another case that never went public.

“The first texting incident apparently resulted in no official documentation or sanction,” McDermott said.

She told KRQE News 13 that she only learned about that other incident when she came across a mention of it in a previous case.

Other than that, she didn’t have details about what happened in that instance.

An APD spokeswoman said Tillman is currently on desk duty.

Now, that the Police Oversight Board has approved the CPOA recommendation, the findings will be sent to Chief Gorden Eden.

After reviewing the investigation, Chief Eden will make the final decision on whether or not to fire Ofc. Tillman.

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