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December 12, 2013

Elwood police chief: Officer downloaded porn on city computer

Downloaded 'pornographic' video on city computer, chief says

ELWOOD — An eight-year veteran of the Elwood Police Department has been demoted and has served an unpaid three-day suspension for downloading homemade videos, deemed pornographic, on a city-owned computer.

The suspension and demotion of Peter "Andy" McGuire was the result of an agreement reached with Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna. McGuire was demoted from the rank of captain to lieutenant.

The Elwood Board of Public Works and Safety approved the disciplinary action imposed by Hanna, despite efforts by Mayor Ron Arnold to have McGuire terminated from the department. Arnold’s motion to terminate McGuire’s employment with the Elwood Police Department didn’t receive a second from the other two members of the Board of Public Works and Safety.

Hanna categorized the locally-made video as pornographic in a letter to McGuire.

Hanna started an internal investigation which found that on Nov. 16 the videos had been downloaded by McGuire on the computer in a department workroom.

The investigation found that McGuire downloaded the video and made a copy of it while on duty as a captain with the police department during the third shift. The incident came after Hanna had ordered officers on duty to patrol the city streets as a result of an increase in theft and vehicle break-ins.

McGuire was found to have violated the department’s rules of general conduct for conduct unbecoming of a police officer and direct disregard for his duties as a supervisor for the Elwood Police Department, according to Hanna.

The Elwood Common Council in 2012 approved an ordinance against the use of city-owned property by employees for personal reason. The ordinance lists termination of employment as a possible punishment.

Hanna said he checked with the Indiana State Police and Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings and learned that McGuire’s action didn’t involve a criminal activity. McGuire had not been disciplined by the department in the past, Hanna said.

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