City Workers Sexting Scandal

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Mt. Juliet officials fired a city worker and accepted the resignations of four others accused of sending sexually explicit messages.

Five were found to have used city computers and cell phones to "sext" each other on city time.

Interim City Manager Kenneth Martin said on Thursday that had the four who resigned not done so, they would have been fired. Those involved included a police sergeant, the assistant public works director, a project manager, a tax clerk and a purchasing clerk.

Martin said people make mistakes, but those involved must be held accountable. Mayor Ed Hagerty earlier called the allegations "appalling and disgusting." Hagerty said on Monday he would try to defend the workers' positions because they demonstrated the jobs were unnecessary.

But now it appears, some of them may also have been visiting a web site that encourages extra-martial affairs while on the job. Investigators discovered the site on three city computers during their investigation into inappropriate behavior at work.

The city's internal report revealed he became familiar with the site because of other dating web sites that he frequents. And that he encouraged coworkers to put their profile on Ashley Madison as well. One of his married female employees even signed up for it at work, on taxpayer's time.

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