LEXINGTON, KY -- A former Lexington firefighter charged with receiving child pornography downloaded videos and photographs onto his computer for a year while he worked the third shift at a city fire station, according to an affidavit filed in federal court, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.
Federal investigators said they discovered about 50 videos and more than 100 photographs of child pornography on Eric J. Bradley's laptop, according to the affidavit. Bradley allegedly obtained the material from December 2007 through December 2008 while connected to the cable Internet at the Lexington fire station at 1098 South Cleveland Road, investigators said.
Bradley, 37, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Nicholasville. He is being held at the Fayette County jail.
Bradley's court-appointed attorney, Thomas Lyons, said his client has not been indicted, but he expects that to happen. He said Bradley "will most definitely plead not guilty" at the appropriate time and emphasized that his client should be presumed innocent.
Bradley became a Lexington firefighter in September 2000, city spokeswoman Susan Straub said. Bradley had been on paid administrative leave since July 3. Straub referred questions about Bradley's leave to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The attorney's office declined to comment.
The city began an investigation of Bradley on July 28, the day that FBI agent Mary Trotman filed a criminal complaint against Bradley in U.S. District Court, Straub said. Bradley resigned Thursday, and the city's investigation ended.
The Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services requires its employees to sign an Internet and e-mail use policy that outlines proper procedures for using city-provided Internet. The division updated the 12-page document in 2007 and required all employees to sign a copy, Straub said. Bradley signed the agreement Oct. 3, 2007.
The policy states that acceptable Internet use should be primarily work-related and "must be responsible, legal and ethical," the policy states.
It also requires employees to register their private computers with the division if they use a city Internet connection. Straub said Bradley did not register, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.
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