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
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
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."
The Mobile Register