Fired Iowa corrections officer: Co-workers faced lesser punishment

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:06 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa corrections officer fired for using his work computer to Photoshop a “huge volume” of images of co-workers and mentally ill patients said Thursday that he is appealing his termination, which had also prompted discipline against several other employees for computer misuse.

John Aaron Powers, 29, was fired Sept. 30 from the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville for improperly accessing photos of patients, inmates and employees from internal databases and using a software program to put their faces on the bodies of celebrities, animals and others. His termination notice also said that he visited websites that were of a sexual nature during work hours, adding that he committed “numerous violations” of state computer policies.

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