Yikes

So the Peachtree City Chief of Police, who used the internet to arrest child predators is resigning over questions about his own online chats.

{UPDATE} Icarus has some insight on this in the first comment. I’m posting it here.

The city manager of PTC was arrested about two years ago on his golf cart for DUI. (Yes, this is Peachtree City). He was given the opportunity to pour out his drink and continue with his passenger as driver, but he pulled out a huge “Do you know who I am” attitude, and was finally cited.

Since then, there has been a trumped up charge of harassment against the chief, which was found to be bogus. However, the city manager continued his investigation, and found some chats on his personal computer from 2003.

This, coincidentally, was a brief period when PTC had it’s own “spa”, which was a bad tactical move on the spa owners part. PTC had it shut down in weeks, and Chief Murray claims he was in the chat rooms researching the spa. The times overlap, with no known use before or since. I’ve not been a huge fan of chief Murray, but given his use of the internet to find child predators, I’d say the story holds water.

This is just political payback, and he, like the city manager, city engineer, clerk, and many others in PTC city hall, have grown tired of the dysfunctional environment of PTC government, and moved on.

13 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    It’s not really that simple, Erick. It really has a lot more to do with local politics and payback.

    The city manager of PTC was arrested about two years ago on his golf cart for DUI. (Yes, this is Peachtree City). He was given the opportunity to pour out his drink and continue with his passenger as driver, but he pulled out a huge “Do you know who I am” attitude, and was finally cited.

    Since then, there has been a trumped up charge of harassment against the chief, which was found to be bogus. However, the city manager continued his investigation, and found some chats on his personal computer from 2003.

    This, coincidentally, was a brief period when PTC had it’s own “spa”, which was a bad tactical move on the spa owners part. PTC had it shut down in weeks, and Chief Murray claims he was in the chat rooms researching the spa. The times overlap, with no known use before or since. I’ve not been a huge fan of chief Murray, but given his use of the internet to find child predators, I’d say the story holds water.

    This is just political payback, and he, like the city manager, city engineer, clerk, and many others in PTC city hall, have grown tired of the dysfunctional environment of PTC government, and moved on.

  2. Icarus says:

    Rugby,

    It’s PTC, southerners aren’t allowed.

    Cobb’er,

    Not a resident of the area. Used to work in the area, did a little local politics there a while back.

    I met Mayor Logsdon early on, and a few times after he was elected. He’s a personable guy, I think he has the city’s best interests at heart.

    PTC, however, has a huge NIMBY/anti-developer/anti-establishment crowd, fueled by one of the local newspapers. They always hate whomever is elected, and the gadfly in the crowd is always the next savior, until he’s elected, then he’s either an idiot or corrupt, and they’re looking for the next one.

  3. SpaceyG says:

    I believe the great Pete Townsend once used the “I was just doing research” defense too, when caught with kiddie porn. Didn’t work for him , and he’s one of the biggest rock stars ever.

    As for the poor little PTC Manager Man. Delusions of place and stature have made laughingstock of even smaller types on the food chain. Like, say, Andisheh.

  4. StevePerkins says:

    Drifting off-topic here, but Townshend was never “caught with kiddie porn”. He was caught using his credit card on a website that occasionally ran advertisements for other sites that were linked to child porn. Scotland Yard seized 14 computers from all his places of residence, spent four months doing forensics on them, and found that he had never visited those sites or downloaded any kiddie porn. Granted, that “just doing research for a book” defense was pretty lame, but he never actually did anything and charges were eventually dropped… basically the authorities went after him only because he’s high-profile and pretty weird.

  5. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    Icarus:

    The statement “no southerners allowed” could not be more true. PTC is full of yankee transplants and other undesirables, I don’t think that there are any real Georgians there.

  6. Tea Party says:

    I think SpaceyG and Ms. Whip are the same Dominatrix

    All those references to small this’s and small that’s when speaking about guys, “Yes, ma’am, may we please have another…”

  7. gatormathis says:

    When riding by gated communities……………I always wonder if he gates help keep folks out………..or keep folks in………

    And when reading about PTC, I always remember the story about the blind man driving dui and hitting a car(with a golfcart, but was aquitted because the seeing eye dog didn’t do his job.

    Only in America.

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