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Georgia: School Cop Caught On Own Body Cam Watching Porn Instead Of Protecting Children – Thought It Was “Acceptable” Because He Thought It Was Child Porn

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Published on: August 28, 2020

Forsyth County, GA — While collecting his taxpayer funded paycheck, a Forsyth County deputy was found to be watching porn instead of doing his job on the school campus he was tasked with patrolling. After repeatedly failing to even show up to work, the department began looking into Deputy Todd Franklin and discovered a shocking pattern of misconduct.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, after an internal investigation revealed a pattern of  “unacceptable behaviors,” Franklin was fired. Freeman said that the school lodged several complaints against the deputy — not for watching porn in his patrol car — but for refusing to show up to the school at all.

Channel 2 Action News reports the investigation found the former deputy billed taxpayers for three days that he never went to the school. In addition, a search of Franklin’s county-issued cellphone uncovered an explicit exchange of photos and text messages between him and a woman, according to the news station.

After finding out that he was sending explicit text messages on his department-issued cellphone, investigators thought it may be a good idea to review his body camera footage. They discovered that while Franklin was supposed to be patrolling traffic in front of the school to keep the students safe, he was inside his police cruiser streaming porn.

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After he was caught watching the porn, Franklin told superiors that it was acceptable because he thought he was watching child porn. Seriously. As Channel 2 reports, “when questioned about his conduct, Franklin reportedly told his supervisors he was investigating allegations that an underage girl was involved in the inappropriate videos.”

”When someone acts as this former employee did, they lose their right to work alongside those deputies and employees who serve with such distinction and heroism daily,” the sheriff’s office told Channel 2 in a statement. “The sheriff has made it expressly clear that unethical, illegal or immoral acts will lead to termination from this agency … There is no room for this conduct here, and the men and women of FCSO, as well as our citizens, deserve better.”

The citizens of Forsyth county most assuredly deserve better but as Franklin was not stripped of his law enforcement license for refusing to show up for work and watching porn when he did show up, another town will likely hire him as a cop.

While Franklin’s actions are certainly shocking while at a school, frequent readers of TFTP know that they could’ve been far worse.

Sadly, there is a pattern of school police officers getting caught preying on the children they are tasked with protecting. What’s more, despite getting caught preying on these children, many of the officers end up never going to jail.

Last year, we reported on another school cop, officer Matthew Priebe. This officer pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, misconduct in office and two counts of assault and battery. The charges all stemmed from his role as a school resource officer and the repeated sexual assault of multiple young girls while on the job. In exchange for his no-contest plea, prosecutors dropped the charge of distributing sexually explicit material to a minor.

The charge of distributing sexually explicit material to a minor was dropped in spite of prosecutors having the photos of Priebe’s erect penis that he sent to the children. The Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said that Priebe’s plea deal would guarantee that he would spend no more than 12 months in jail — all of which were suspended.

Also, as TFTP reported earlier this year, right down the road from Forsyth county, Cartersville Lt. Ryan Prescott quietly resigned amid an internal investigation into dozens of Snapchat messages he exchanged with preteen girls who attended the school at which he was the school resource officer. Prescott admitted to sending the messages to three girls, which the department found “unprofessional and inappropriate,” according to documents obtained by AJC.com through an open records request.

Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Prescott was not charged with a crime.

Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist

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