City employee fired after thousands of pornographic images found on work computer

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A city employee was fired after he used his work computer to download 4,000 pornographic images, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General published this past Friday.

The OIG said a complaint was submitted about the employee using his computer to access sexually explicit images. When confronted, the employee admitted to downloading the pornography and acknowledged he knew it was a violation of city policy to use a work computer for those reasons.

Investigators determined the employee downloaded thousands of images in less than a month, and was doing so during regular work hours. Management “took immediate action” and fired the employee, the OIG said. The Baltimore City Office of Information Technology assisted with the probe.

The report did not list which agency the employee worked for.

This isn’t the first time a municipal worker thought it would be totally OK to download porn on a city-owned computer. In January, the OIG published a report on a technician with the Department of Public Works who was using a work computer to watch pornography.

The employee also spent time online taking part in political campaigns and had “pirating software and hazardous licensing software” that put the city’s IT infrastructure at risk. DPW fired the computer support employee, who turned out to be a former 2016 mayoral candidate.

Brandon Weigel

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