Thursday, July 21, 2011

L.A. officials fire traffic cop who appeared in adult film

(LATimes) The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has fired a 23-year veteran employee who appeared in uniform three years ago in a pornographic video.

Traffic officer John K. Dancler was discharged Monday. He challenged his firing on the same day, filing an appeal with the city’s five-member Civil Service Commission, said Maggie Whelan, general manager for the city’s Personnel Department.

Bruce Whidden, executive director of the Civil Service Commission, said Dancler was dismissed for engaging in “misconduct on the job and in uniform” and “indecent acts” that reflected unfavorably on the city workforce. Those acts included “groping the bare breasts, spanking the bare buttocks and being straddled by an adult video actress in public” around March 2008, he said.

Meanwhile, four employees have been fired over the past four months at the Department of Building and Safety. Three admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for providing permits and other approvals. A fourth, Frank Rojas, has filed a challenge of his firing to the Civil Service Commission.

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