The Gilbert Police Department fired one of its own this year after the officer admitted to accessing and downloading several hundred pornographic images on two town computers.
The department terminated officer Brian Moss on Sept. 12 after a monthlong investigation found that he downloaded sexually explicit photos and a video of a woman stripping on two police substation computers while on duty, according to police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino. Moss also admitted to investigators that he has tried to rid himself of a porn addiction for four years.
In total, Moss downloaded more than 200 sexually explicit pictures in eight different incidences on town computers, according to investigation documents.
A fellow Gilbert officer sparked the investigation on July 28 after he found porn-related terms on a Google search toolbar on a computer at a police substation on Guadalupe Road between Higley and Greenfield roads, Marino said.
Investigators later found 156 sexually explicit downloaded images while searching the computer. Officials performed “multiple” comparisons related to the times of the downloads and officer shift times to pinpoint use by Moss, Marino said.
Investigators searched another town computer, located in a police substation near Germann and Lindsay roads, and found Moss had downloaded 64 pornographic images and 107 photos of partially clothed people in sexually suggestive positions, according to Marino. They also found a 1-minute, 36-second video of a woman dancing while undressing, which Moss had downloaded, he said.
According to town policy, police officers can only download images of a sexually explicit nature if they relate to an active investigation.
When confronted by investigators, Moss admitted that he had “a little bit of an addiction” to pornography which stemmed from a stint in the Army, according to an internal report.
“He refers to the fact that it wasn’t something that was disciplined much (for) in the military,” Marino said.
He also said that his actions were wrong and that he had no excuse to download the images and video while at work. Moss also told investigators that he should have known better than to search for and download the images on town property.
Moss, who had been with the department for less than a year when he was terminated, graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in January, Marino said.