07/08/2006

Ky. officers suspended over MySpace comments

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three police officers were suspended over Web site comments about their jobs and derogatory language about gays and the mentally disabled.

The suspensions came after two other officers were suspended in June over comments and photos posted on the same site, MySpace.com.

In the latest case, the Fayette Urban County Council approved a recommendation on Thursday to suspend Aaron Noel, Richard Sisk and Paul Stewart on administrative charges of conduct unbecoming of an officer. Each was suspended for 80 hours without pay and was ordered to undergo sensitivity training.

The police department began investigating the Web sites in March after they were discovered by another officer.

Last month, officers Gene Haynes and Adam O'Quinn were suspended over postings about an officer who had arrested country singer John Michael Montgomery in February on a charge of drunken driving.

Haynes posted an altered photograph of Montgomery and a fan, in which the arresting officer's face was placed on the fan's body.

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