Cougar Cop Quits Amid Nude Photo Scandal

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from – DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Channel 9 has learned a longtime Daytona Beach police sergeant who quit after she was caught posting naked pictures of herself online also sent photos of herself using her work-supplied email address.

Channel 9’s Blaine Tolison found Penny Dane attempted to file a complaint against a supervisor, which is what led investigators to discover inappropriate photos on her work desktop and laptop computers.

Dane was with the Daytona Beach Police Department for 17 years, and according to the Internal Affairs report, she used both her department-issued computers to share more than 270 explicit images while on the job.

Reports show those images included pornography and pictures of Dane nude, and could date back to 2009.

Some photos reportedly show Dane exposing herself while dressed in her police uniform, Tolison reported.

Much of the report was tied to Dane’s use of an online game called “Red Light Center,” which features a site where a user can have virtual sex online, activities officials said Dane would take part in at work.

Tolison learned Dane was reportedly having sex with another user and they were sending nude photos to each other.

Officials said the investigation came to light last month when Dane lied about why she couldn’t wear her bulletproof vest. During the department’s investigation into that, officials said Dane accused her supervisor of sexual harassment through emails and texts.

The supervisor was cleared, but the forensic audit of Dane’s computer revealed the explicit materials.

The department had also investigated Dane in the past year for unrelated matters. Her record shows she was reprimanded last year for sharing a non-explicit picture and suspended a few months before for tanning while on the job.

The Daytona Beach Police Department hired Dane in 1996 and promoted her as a sergeant in 2008.

Dane competed against 24 other officers for the job and city records show she scored near the top of that list.

Police Chief Michael Chitwood said over the phone that Dane was a good police officer, but when she became a sergeant, he described her as a “work in progress” before she surprised him and the entire department by her misconduct.

Members of the law enforcement community are calling Dane’s behavior at work one of the most bizarre acts of misconduct by a police officer.

Officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee said Dane’s case will be reviewed.

If they find there was a moral character violation, it could lead to her losing her certification, but the process could take months.

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