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City employees disciplined amid allegations of surfing porn at work

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

City of Lubbock says six employees have resigned or retired under pressure amid allegations of using their work computers to look at pornography.  Allegations surfaced up to a month ago and employees were getting their termination notices as recently as last week. 

Our sources say it was originally 10 but four employees were exonerated by further investigation.

So far both the City Manager and the City Council Members have refused comment. 

A Lubbock police spokesman says, "We can't comment [on personnel matters]."  However, the spokesman also said, "There was nothing illegal."  That means there is no police report.

Late Monday afternoon the city released a statement:  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 29, 2011

CITY STATEMENT REGARDING EMPLOYEES DISCIPLINED

FOR INAPPROPRIATE WEB SITE VIEWING

The City of Lubbock recently initiated disciplinary action against six City employees for violating City policy. During a random search of Internet logs, it was discovered that the computer and login id assigned to each of those employees was used to view indecent or obscene material. Section 7.07D of the City of Lubbock Employee Policy Manual states, "Individual passwords must not be shared or revealed to anyone other than the authorized user. To do so exposes the authorized user to responsibility for actions another party takes with the password." Furthermore, Section 7.05A of the Employee Policy Manual states, "indecent or obscene material shall not be viewed or distributed." Following the investigation, five employees resigned or retired and one is disputing the City's findings.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 has made an open records request for more information which will be updated to KCBD.com as it becomes available.

Copyright 2011 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved.

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