FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 23 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts policeman who leaked photos of the alleged Boston bomber taken at the time of his capture was put on restricted duty Tuesday, officials said.
State Trooper Sgt. Sean Murphy will keep his job at least until an investigation of his actions is completed, the Boston Herald reported.
Rolling Stone's image showed a tousled-hair Tsarnaev looking the part of a teen idol. Murphy's photos showed the suspect emerging from under a boat tarp, disheveled and bloodied, with a laser dot from a sniper's rifle on his forehead.
Murphy told Boston magazine, which published his photos, "I hope the people who see these images will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets," CNN reported.
Murphy was temporarily suspended after the police photos went public. Tuesday's action during a hearing at state police headquarters allows him to keep his $108,500-a-year job for the moment.
State police Superintendent Timothy Alban praised Murphy as an "exemplary employee," but said his action had hurt the department.
The trooper's actions had drawn the support of more than 51,000 people on a "Save Sgt. Murphy" page set up on Facebook.