State Police have launched an internal investigation after photos of a State Police sergeant were posted on Facebook.
The pictures show the sergeant on duty and in uniform, posing with underage women, and you can see a large bottle of liquor in the background.
Investigators are trying to figure out why State Police Sergeant William Nasuti posed for the pictures and what exactly led up to it.
State Police say it started with Sergeant Nasuti encountering a group of young adults at a car parked at a Quincy quarry. It ended with the sergeant exhibiting what the State Police are calling “poor judgment”.
Sergeant Nasuti posed for three different pictures with young women who are under 21.
Another shot shows a large bottle of alcohol on the cruiser's trunk and the bottle is also visible in one of the group photos.
Another picture shows a young man in the back of the cruiser sticking out his tongue.
One of the women in the photo posted the pictures on Facebook for her more than 800 Facebook friends to see. Someone then sent the pictures to Fox 25 writing, "...They are an absolute embarrassment not only to themselves but to the State Police and what they stand for. It irritates me that this guy could be pulling me over in the future for going 5 miles over the speed limit or something so small."
“It's not surprising that the photos bothered someone enough to send them in.,” said Ethan Becker, author of the book Mastering Communication at Work and president of The Speech Improvement Company in Brookline.
Becker trains clients to always think about how they're portraying themselves to others, especially now, where anything you do could end up online.
“Thinking about professionalism in the moment, he probably would not have posed for the pictures,” said Becker.
“He probably would have gone in, taken the alcohol if that was the appropriate thing to do, and go about his business.”
Fox Undercover sent the pictures to the State Police who are now investigating.
In a statement State Police spokesman David Procopio says Sergeant Nasuti "...at one point secured a bottle of liquor that he placed on the trunk of his cruiser during the interaction, and temporarily detained one person in the back of his cruiser while he confirmed that person was of legal age to possess alcohol..."
According to Procopio, "That person was subsequently determined to be the group's designated driver, of legal age to transport alcohol, and not impaired."
The statement goes on, "The department's investigation will determine the sequence of events that followed, including the taking of the photographs. While the sergeant's initial interaction with the group was initiated for appropriate reasons, the State Police are disappointed in the poor judgment exhibited by his posing in some of the photos. The department will take appropriate action as determined by the results of its investigation."
“Once you are in a position of authority or a position of leadership, what you say can have a very long lasting impact. People have long memories,” said Becker.
Alyssa Picot is the young woman who posted the photos on Facebook. She says she and her friends were celebrating her birthday, had car trouble, and were waiting for a friend. She wouldn't say if they'd been drinking.
“(Sergeant Nasuti) was very nice,” said Picot. “I just don’t want this guy to get in trouble.”
For now, Sergeant Nasuti remains on active duty while the State Police internal investigation continues.
Nasuti’s union, the State Police Association of Massachusetts, declined to comment on the case.