Cop Resigns, Accused Of Pornographic Pursuits On The Job

Most people know better than to watch pornography in the office. That might be why only 3 percent admit to watching porn videos on their personal mobile devices when at work.

Sometimes, though, someone like former Daytona Beach Police Sgt. Penny Dane goes above and beyond the call of booty. The Florida woman reportedly resigned earlier this month after supervisors allegedly found 274 pornographic pictures, nearly two dozen of which were of herself, on her department-owned desktop and laptop computers. Some of the shameless selfies purportedly showed her in -- at least parts -- of her uniform. And things reportedly didn't stop there, as she's alleged to have used the pictures of herself in an online sex-game site called "Red Light Center," modeled after Amsterdam's infamous red light district.

The problem for Dane wasn't just the porn, but allegedly viewing it while she was supposed to be monitoring other officers. Her answer to investigators? "I don't want to say I didn't have any idea what they were doing because then that would be obviously very wrong. I did pay attention to my radio and listen to what they were doing," Orlando TV station WESH quoted her as saying.

Of course, people can and do get fired for social media posts. Even so, many employees continue to tempt fate, often assuming that there could be no consequences or that a boss would never come across the postings.

Public employees are hardly an exception, with some being fired after making racist and homophobic remarks on Facebook. And teachers reportedly have been dismissed for joking about wishing their students dead or surreptitiously taking and posting sexually suggestive photos of them.

At least one Indonesian politician purportedly left politics after being caught watching pornography on his tablet -- during a session of parliament. Not all public officials necessarily suffer the consequences, though. In 2011, some employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission were said to have come under investigation for watching a massive amount of porn during work time -- on computers and via Internet access paid for by taxpayers -- but without serious consequences.

In Dane's case, she probably should have known better, as she's said to already have been disciplined in 2011 and 2012 for personal use of city computers and suspended in 2012 for tanning on the job. And she was no rookie, with 18 years on the force, according to her LinkedIn profile. On her Facebook page, she also describes herself as a mother of two who likes the TV show "Cougar Town" (a 40-something divorced Florida mother who likes younger men).

There is some strong irony in Dane's downfall. The matter reportedly came to light after Dane accused a supervisor of sexual harassment in May: As part of the investigation, her photos and use of sex websites, some dating to 2009, were found. So, her attempts to remove unwanted attention from her sex life resulted in unwanted attention to her sex life. The supervisor is said to have been cleared.

The story of Penny Dane ... very strange.




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JonesEngineering

attractive lady. She must be working too hard

November 05 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rrgalvanjr

What... no photos? Not sure it happened.

Too bad I have not got "arrested" by her!

August 02 2013 at 1:20 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
James DePasquale

Definitely a Democrat. "Not all Democrats are POS but all POS are Democrats.

July 31 2013 at 12:25 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Kuntheer

I hope thwy let her keep the night stick.

July 31 2013 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
prog300

That article was pun-tastic.

July 31 2013 at 3:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIKEY'S SCREEN

Evidently this Village Idiot has no ethics to speak of, and her integrity is no where to be seen.

She is a well educated person with almost 20 years on the police force and you don't make the rank of sergeant without going far and beyond in her normal duties. She has taken the time to study and pass exams for her promotion, and that is not an easy thing to do, especially in a male dominant employement.

Her problem is authority. She doesn't respect it and therefore takes it for granted. I will bet you that in the very near future, she will file a lawsuit for wrongful termination, just another ploy to get money out of the system. She also needs counseling as she shows that she does have a problem with her sexuality.

'Nuf Said!

July 31 2013 at 2:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Mitch

Why is it that only ig no rant commenters use the term "nuff said"/ You said too much, and most of it wrong.

July 31 2013 at 5:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Angela

If I were you I would probably search the story a little more before I sit here and judge someone!
http://headlinesurfer.com/content/412428-union-dbpd-chief-gift-wraps-nude-sgt-media-while-shielding-supervisor-who-harassed-he

July 31 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ojitos

STUPID, STUPID. There's a time and place for everything!!! And not all of that is at WORK!!! Ridiculous.

July 31 2013 at 2:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Skinwalker

She is not very bright but using her work computer as their policies like many jobs are not to use work computers to look at or download porn, or anything else except work related material. Sounds like she kinda wanted some attention and now she is all over the internet. There is no where she can go that people will not recognize her. She should just become an escort and have sex, or web cam slut having sex online or porn star. She definitely was not a good cop.

July 31 2013 at 2:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Angela

and you know this how?

July 31 2013 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
firepower

My X. Wife of one year was a cop and a nurse (also a nympho) gave a BJ to the Fire Chief(b4 I met her), stole drugs from a military hospital and the only thing that happened to her is she got fired as a nurse WITH NO DISCIPLANINARY ACTION AGAINST HER NURSING LICENSE! She is now in VA working. If ur a cop in TX u can get away with it. But u go to jail for towing an unregistered vehicle! Go figure

July 31 2013 at 1:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
diabeticllamas

I bet if a man had done this he would've been promoted or something.

July 31 2013 at 1:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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