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February 11, 2005

Fitzgerald- During a routine check of computers used by all 720 of the department's employees, officials found 11 people had logged on to pornographic websites.

One of them was George Johnson, the chief parole officer at the Fitzgerald office. He resigned this month before any disciplinary action could be taken against him.

Ronnie Blackstock, regional director of the southwest office was also identified in the investigation. He was demoted to Johnson's former position and given a 10% pay cut.

In a phone interview, officials told us they'll continue to crack down.

"We have since put in to place new software that will help us to monitor the situation. We'll continue to do unannounced checks and we think that people will be deterred in the future from accessing any more information that is not approved by the board," says Kim Johnson, Director of Public Information for the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The investigation in to the nine other employees across the state is still ongoing. Officials say none of the pornographic images found on the computers was illegal.

Posted at 6;50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com