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People being contacted about appearing in fired UW Madison Police captain's photos

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A UW Police spokesperson tells 27 News the subjects of photographs taken by fired police captain Peter Ystenes are being contacted by police officials, with the department's chief characterizing the photos as inappropriate.

Spokesperson Marc Lovicott tells 27 News members of the public are being contacted if they appeared in the photos, but declines to provide more information on what the photos depicted, citing a continuing, internal investigation.

Earlier this month, Ystenes was fired after nearly two decades with the department. Ystenes climbed the ranks of the department, supervising detectives and co-chairing UW-Madison's threat assessment committee on his way to earning a spot on the department's command staff.

In a statement earlier this month, Lovicott wrote the termination was because of "...misuse of  camera and computer equipment."

In a March 12 email from Police Chief Susan Riseling to all police staff, she described Ystenes taking photographs "...of unsuspecting members of the public."

"Although none of the photos contain any nudity they remain inappropriate," Riseling wrote.

"The photographs violate the values we have as an organization," Riseling states in the email.

Lovicott Monday declined to comment on whether Ystenes' photographs depict anyone in a compromising position, or whether the subject of any photo is a UW-Madison student. Riseling's email states Ystenes' colleagues were also the unsuspecting subjects of some of his photos.

Lovicott says the fired captain's inappropriate photography spans several years.

"The acts were not accidents or mistakes," Riseling tells staff in the email.

Lovicott says the investigation at this time is an internal review only, with no referral of information to the Dane County district attorney.

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