Cop Who Released Tsarnaev Images Placed On Restricted Desk Duty

Source: Matthew DeLuca / NBC News

The Massachusetts State Police photographer who leaked pictures of the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt has been placed on restricted desk duty after a closed-door hearing Tuesday.

Sgt. Sean Murphy released the images in response to a Rolling Stone magazine cover photo of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, that he felt glorified the suspect.

After a hearing on Tuesday, Murphy was pleased on restricted duty while an internal investigation is in progress, the Massachusetts State Police said in a release on Tuesday afternoon. The investigation is expected to take weeks, the release said, and will look into whether Murphy broke any police rules.

He has also been transferred from the media relations office to the Division of Field Services, according to the release.

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