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Pennsylvania police chief probing badge-licking photo

A northeastern Pennsylvania city official says a blog photo showing a woman poised to lick the badge of a moonlighting officer outside a bar probably isn't a crime, but may violate department regulation.

Wilkes-Barre spokesman Drew McLaughlin says the police chief is investigating that photo and two others showing a provocatively dressed woman posing on the hood and the trunk of a police car.

The spokesman says no officers are pictured in the police cruiser photos, but that the photo of the woman poised to lick the officer's badge could violate regulations if the officer were actively participating in having the photo made.

Wilkes-Barre officers are allowed to moonlight to provide security at bars through a program run by the police union.

Based on evidence in the photo, police believe the badge licking occurred more than a year ago.

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