A veteran Mayfield Heights police officer is back on the job after viewing pornography while at work.
Police Sgt. Larry Brazie, a 31-year employee, had been using a city computer at the end of January.
While looking at video clips of news events on the Web site Break.com, a pop-up ad came up with a link to another site.
"I guess he clicked on it, and when he tried to log off, he couldn't and it said he had downloaded a virus," Police Chief Joseph Donnelly said.
In a letter to the chief, Brazie apologized for his actions but told him it was unintentional.
"I clicked on a video clip that should have been a crash sequence from a racing event," the sergeant wrote. "What came up was a picture of two men sitting behind a desk and the captain read, 'If you think you clicked on a Break.com video clip, this is how we pay our bills' — or words to that effect.
"It started displaying random scenes, some of them pornographic in nature, some offering to sell computer software, some were a dating service. I tried to close down the site, but it would not let me."
Brazie said he then manually shut down the computer, waited a few minutes and restarted it.
"Everything seemed OK until a pop-up stated that the computer had a virus," the sergeant stated. "When I tried to go on the Internet, all I got was a message telling me in order to get rid of the virus, I had to purchase a program, and I got asked for my credit card information."
Brazie then called a friend of his who is more computer literate, and was told he had encountered a "hijacker virus," and that he should not give out any of his personal information.
The next day at work, the sergeant was informed a lieutenant was already aware of the problem, and Brazie was suspended from work without pay for two days for violating the department's computer policy.
However, Donnelly said he believes Brazie did not intentionally look at anything inappropriate.
"I think it was accidental," the chief said. "He's a very good employee. I hope it doesn't happen again."
Mayfield Heights, OH - A long-time police veteran was suspended for viewing porn.
Sgt. Larry Brazie was on a city computer on city time looking at a news website when a pop-up appeared with a link to a porn website back in January.
Brazie clicked on it - which is against city policy and was caught red-handed when the porn site downloaded a virus.
According to the chief, this is the first time that Brazie has done this.
No criminal charges were filed.
The porn site did not have children involved.
Brazie was suspended for two days and is now back on the job.