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Court Upholds Officer’s Firing for Porn

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) __ A state appellate court has upheld the firing of a central Illinois police officer who reportedly used his squad car computer to watch pornography while on duty.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the Fourth District Appellate Court decided the city of Clinton had a right to fire Officer Billy Hurst.

Hurst was fired in October 2009 after pornography was found on his computer during a check for viruses.

Hurst’s attorneys argued that the city violated eavesdropping rules by installing surveillance software on the computer.

Clinton Police Chief Mike Reidy says he’s pleased by the decision. Hurst couldn’t be reached for comment. A telephone listed for Hurst in Clinton is disconnected.

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