A former Georgia State Patrol helicopter pilot has admitted he used state property to engage in an affair with a woman other than his wife and document it with sexually explicit photos.
Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Craven, a pilot based in Thomson, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 14 after copies of the photos were sent to his superiors, according to an investigative summary released Thursday by the state patrol.
The photos depicted sexually explicit images of Craven and a Guyton, Ga., woman inside the state patrol hangar in Thomson, which is being moved to Augusta Regional Airport, and inside Craven’s Bell Jet Ranger II helicopter, the report said.
Anonymous packages containing similar materials were also received by Craven’s wife at her workplace and by WRDW-TV in North Augusta, according the report.
Investigators verified the information with the woman, who said she had sent a package that included the photos on a DVD to Craven at the hangar address. Craven said he never received the package and suspected that someone else had intercepted it.
Investigators could not determine the origin of the anonymous packages and have asked a U.S. postal inspector to look into the matter, the report said.
Craven retired from the state patrol on Sept. 1, the report stated. State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said in an email response that no further action will be taken against Craven because he is retired.