Detective Resigns After Porn Is Discovered On City Computer

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

A Georgetown police detective has resigned amid allegations he had pornographic videos on a city computer.

Detective Tom Bell spent 18 years investigating crimes for Georgetown Police But in April Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames and the city started to investigate the detective.

27 NEWSFIRST obtained complaint filed against Detective Bell.
According to the complaint an audit of his work computer revealed 34 pornographic videos.

"It was during a training exercise they used a computer and that's when some inappropriate materials popped up and it made us look at further equipment," said Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames.

It was determined the videos and unauthorized software were loaded on Bell's computer, under his password during a time no one else had access to the computer.
So the city suspended the Detective without pay.

The mayor says there is zero tolerance for any pornographic materials for any city employee. But she adds what's even more disturbing is how the detective watched the videos.

According to the complaint, the officer downloaded unauthorized software to his computer while at the police station and watched the videos violating copyright laws.
Detective Bell in his resignation letter said he clearly "denies the allegations". He went on to say it's been "emotionally and financially difficult on Him and his family."

27 NEWSFIRST did talk to detective Bell today he said he had no comment about the allegations or his resignation.

However in his resignation letter he denied the allegation. The city says the resignation came one day before he was to have a public hearing.


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  • by michael Location: georgetown on Aug 6, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    did he recieve another job?
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 6, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    This is not about WHAT he was viewing, it's WHEN he was viewing it. No, it's not the same as going to a strip club unless he went there on company time.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 6, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    What is the world coming to when a guy can't ignore his duties and surf a little porn? C'mon!
  • by Ronnie Location: Lexington on Aug 5, 2007 at 06:42 PM
    At least it wasn't CHILD porn!!!!! Then there would be MAJOR problems for this man. However the evidence was on his computer, under his password therefore he can't deny inappropriate use of company property. I sort of feel sorry for him but at the same time he did it to himself. He should have just hit a doughnut shop during those late nights instead of hitting the porn.
  • by Chris Noth Location: Lexington KY on Aug 4, 2007 at 03:55 AM
    He now works for The KY Bureau of Investigations, in the KY Attorney Generals Office.
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexingont on Aug 3, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    For those of you that think it is no big deal, it wouldn't be if he did it on HIS OWN HOME COMPUTER. I worked in government and big business and we all know the rules; NO PORN ON COMPANY COMPUTERS!!!
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Aug 3, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    Just so II from Fleming will know, I don't look at porn and I'm sure there are a lot of other people who don't look at that crap either.
  • by marty Location: pike on Aug 3, 2007 at 01:22 PM
    To the mayer and city council. Let he or she who is without sin cast the first video!
  • by Peter North Location: Lexington on Aug 3, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    Leave the guy alone. He's just trying to have a little fun. I'm sure it didn't affect his work.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    What has this world come to when a man can't ignore his duties and look at porn?
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