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Police chief suspended for sexting woman

A police chief in upstate New York has been suspended without pay for a month but will keep his job after an investigation of sexually explicit cell phone messages he sent to a woman he had a relationship with.

Saratoga Springs Chief Christopher Cole had acknowledged he used his personal phone to send the texts, including pictures of himself. He said they were consensual.

City officials put Cole on paid leave June 13 to investigate the woman's claim he continued sexting despite being asked to stop.

Local media report that Public Safety Commissioner Richard Wirth announced Cole's punishment Friday after saying the city hasn't received an official complaint and found no criminal wrongdoing.

Cole apologized to the city's citizens at a press conference with Wirth.