Police Officer Resigns Rather Than Fight Porn Allegations

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - A police officer in central Kentucky quit his job rather than fight allegations that he had 34 pornographic videos on his work computer.

Detective Tom Bell resigned from the Georgetown Police Department last month, three days before he was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing on the matter. Bell, who had been with the Georgetown department for 11-1/2 years, had been suspended without pay since June 5.

In a resignation letter, Bell denied the allegations, but said fighting the case would take a toll on his family and finances.

"It has become increasingly clear that the costs associated with defending me against these allegations are much more than my family can bear," Bell wrote. "Rather than place my family in a position of financial decline, I have chosen the only possible course available to me."

There was no answer Friday at Bell's Georgetown home.

Bell was suspended June 5 after the city performed an April audit of the software on his work computer, according to a disciplinary letter written by the mayor. The audit discovered that "numerous unauthorized software programs" had been loaded onto the computer, the letter said.

--- Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, www.kentucky.com

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