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Updated: 10/02/2009 8:56 pm
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A Georgia police officer fired for a comment on Facebook is telling his side of the story.

The officer also got in trouble for lying to St. Mary's police during the hiring process about his termination from Kingsbay. Bob Godley was very open, very candid about everything we asked him. He even brought us the paperwork for the investigation into his porn viewing at Kingsbay. He was fired as a police officer there.

The NCIS report says plain and clear, that he admitted to browsing child porn sites repeatedly. "It says here you admitted to looking at child porn," said Action News Reporter Catherine Varnum. "It does say such a thing," said Godley.

Bob Godley was reading off the NCIS report he brought to us. What it said was "Godley said he began to browse child pornography sites and admitted that he would repeatedly browse child pornography sites..."

Godley said what came up were pop up ads. He was never charged with anything, but fired from Kingsbay for looking at porn on a government computer. "Were you looking at porn?" said Action News reporter Catherine Varnum. "Looking at images of nude females, yes," said Godley. "No reason, no excuse other than I wasn't thinking properly at the time and it cost me my job," said Godley.

But similar behavior has cost him his job at other agencies. This report also says he was fired from Bullhead City, Arizona for an allegation of stalking. Mcintosh County, GA for complaints of inappropriate behavior with females.

Godley said he learned his lesson, the hard way, but he was trying to start over by getting the job at St Mary's police in February. Then he posted a comment on Facebook, about his friend joining the group, "Keep sex offenders off of Facebook."

Godley wrote "What do you mean then we would have nowhere to go!!! Hahaha!!" That Facebook picture showed him wearing his St Mary's police uniform. "When I saw what it was about, everyone knows in law enforcement that's how police used to catch sex offenders so if you keep them off it, how are we going to catch them," said Godley.

Godley has also filed a claim against the Camden County Sheriff's Office for age discrimination. He says he was fired from there for being too old. Action News talked to the sheriff about it, he says that wasn't the reason why but wouldn't elaborate.
We've placed several calls to the St. Mary's police department asking why he was hired if this material was in his file, but our calls weren't returned.
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GaLady2 - 10/3/2009 10:43 AM
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Sounds like he really needs to choose a different line of work. Maybe one where he isn't in so much contact with the public, especially young females.

ashleygirl31 - 10/3/2009 9:37 AM
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This guy seems very "suspect" to me. Seems like he kepts choosing bad behaviors!
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