FloridaA Daytona Beach Police Sergeant has resigned after admitting to posting nude pictures of herself online while on-duty. Sgt. Penny Dane has been in law enforcement for approximately 18 years and has been a sergeant with Daytona Beach police for the past four years. According to an internal affairs investigation, Sgt. Dane admitted she accessed and sent sexually explicit pictures as part of an online game called “Red Light Center.” The game is likened to a virtual sex club and resembles Amsterdam’s Red Light district.The sergeant allegedly admitted to investigators that she e-mailed the images to her lover while on the job. “It’s something in my 26 years in law enforcement that I’ve never seen,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood. Chitwood said he was flabbergasted after viewing the nearly 300 photos and videos that Sgt. Dane accessed using her city-owned computers and internet. In all, 177 images were found on Dane’s office desktop computer, 97 images were found on the laptop inside her marked patrol car and at least 23 of the pics were of the sergeant herself. “Extremely pornographic in nature, and in several of the photos that we have since discovered, she was in her uniform,” said Chief Chitwood.

There’s nothing cut & dried about this situation.  Just gray areas on top of gray areas.  I mean, on the one hand, sure no one wants cops goofing off on the job.  We expect them to stay vigilant and keep the rest of our sorry asses safe so we can goof off on our jobs.  On the other hand, their jobs are dangerous as hell.  So what’s a little harmless online sex clubbing and extremely pornographic emailing if it helps them relieve the stress?  Personally, I think these things need to be handled on a case-by-case basis.  And that they all really boil down to one factor: The attractiveness of the cop who’s taking the pictures.  I mean, if she looks like Heather Locklear in TJ Hooker or that Latino rookie from the last season of The Shield (NSFW), you overlook it.  Put a warning letter in her personnel file, download the pictures to your own hard drive and put her back on the street.  No harm, no foul. But if she’s Sgt. Penny Dane, and looks like Howard Stern with bangs, you don’t want that.  That puts Daytona’s Finest in a bad light.  So while I hate to ever discourage explicit homemade porn, I think justice was done here.  @JerryThornton1