Firefighter In Hot Water For Nude Pics

Civil servant hosed for naughty conduct

By Annie Potasznik
|  Thursday, Oct 28, 2010  |  Updated 1:14 PM CDT
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Firefighter In Hot Water For Nude Pics

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Alejandro Garza was fired from his job as an Austin firefighter for allegedly soliciting sex online.

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An Austin firefighter who allegedly posted online photos of himself in the buff has (gasp) lost his job.

Fire Chief Mae Kerr on Wednesday put Alejandro Garza on indefinite suspension without pay. A disciplinary memo from Kerr says Garza included information online that identified him as an Austin firefighter.

The suspension memo said the sexual activity "clearly represents conduct unbecoming a member of the Austin Fire Department."


The investigation into Garza’s online activities began after a citizen’s complaint in July.

A supervisor was initially unable to confirm the report, due to the large number of Web responses in an online search. When he told Garza about the complaint, Garza told the supervisor the last pictures he put online of himself naked were posted in four years ago.
 

An additional complaint was received by the fire department with links to photos allegedly posted by Garza in August.

Battalion Chief Bob Nicks, who leads the firefighters' union, says Garza's firing will be appealed.

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