- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An ex-Birmingham police officer who was fired for sending pictures of his genitals from his phone while on duty is appealing his termination, saying others did similar things while on duty without being fired.

Al.com reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1nbNHyk ) that Jason Yarbrough filed an appeal this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He also outlined internal affairs probes into 20 sexual harassment and misconduct complaints against officers dating back to 2001. In many cases officers were suspended without pay and some of accusations were deemed unfounded by police officials.

Yarbrough’s attorney Scott Morro says he shouldn’t have sent the photos while on duty, but he’s not a predator and knew the recipient for years.

City and police department officials say they decline to comment because the matter is a personnel issue.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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