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August 26, 2003

The public affairs manager for the water and sewer system in Mobile, Ala., is maintaining he's not responsible for the images of nude people - including himself - found on his workplace computer.

The Mobile Register reported that three files recovered from Tom Jennings' computer included an image of his buttocks, labeled "Buttshot"; one of his abdomen, labeled "Bellyshot"; and another of him sitting in an undershirt and shorts, labeled "Tarzan Outfit."

Jennings, in appealing his termination at a Mobile County Personnel Board hearing, said the first photo of that series was accidentally taken as he changed clothes in his office; he saw the camera sitting on the edge of the desk and pushed it back.

According to the Register, he said he downloaded that photo onto his computer. "I labeled it and put it into a folder because I wanted to talk to some of my friends about deleting it." He also copied the other two photos to his computer.

Jennings, who was fired after another employee reported seeing pornographic images Jennings' computer screen, claimed that his termination was the result of an agenda on the part of water system employees, who "rather than confront my years of high-quality service, they attacked my character."

Some of the questioning at the hearing centered on an e-mail message received by Jennings. It included a photo of a nude woman painting a house with a group of men watching. But Patsy Floore, a city of Mobile employee, testified that she forwarded the e-mail to Jennings after it had been circulated among other city employees. She said she didn't know that it violated the policy of the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, which is not part of city government.

"This is pretty standard of what goes around the city, so I would say that they would have the same standards."

Source: The Mobile Register

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