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Appeals court: Milwaukee County justified in firing deputy airport director for porn

The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East
The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals court said Milwaukee County did nothing wrong when it fired a deputy airport director for viewing pornography, and setting up dates on his work computer.  

Kenneth Kraemer was arrested in 2007, but was never criminally charged.  

Authorities suspected that he physically and sexually abused a minor, and had child porn on his computer. The county, which owns Mitchell International Airport, suspended Kraemer during its investigation.  

After seeing porn and other questionable materials, his boss gave him a chance to quit before he could be fired. Kraemer did resign, but he filed a discrimination complaint with the state which alleged that he should not have been let go based on his arrest record.  

Tuesday, the First District Appellate Court in Milwaukee said the materials on Kraemer's work computer clearly violate the county's technology policy -- and he would have been fired had the county checked out his machine, regardless of whether or not he was arrested.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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