HR Strange But True!
May 09, 2002

Incidents of this sort are becoming commonplace - yet no one seems to learn.

The arrest of seven southeast Texas men in connection with an Internet child pornography investigation prompted Houston Independent School District officials to look into whether their employees had been using district computers to log on to the site involved in the case.

None had. But then they decided to extend the search to adult porn web sites. Sure enough, Kenneth Goeddeke, the "respected and well-liked" principal of a local middle school, was found to be using his office computer to log on to a porn site, sometimes for longer than an hour, according to an account in the Houston Chronicle.

Goeddeke was forced to resign last month. His departure was followed days later by the forced resignation of school district police officer Joseph Hernandez, who had been viewing adult porn sites in his office, said HISD spokeswoman Heather Browne.

Bill Edwards, assistant superintendent of technology for the school system, sounded exasperated with his colleagues. "These are educators. Give me a break," he told the Chronicle. "What you do at home on your own time is your business. But this was at taxpayers' expense, taxpayers' time. What's the deal?"

Source: Houston Chronicle

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