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Policeman claims trauma from porn email

The Local · 6 Jan 2011, 14:47

Published: 06 Jan 2011 14:47 GMT+01:00

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Daily Bild reported that a Düsseldorf court had ruled that the man’s trauma from the image – ending in the breakdown of his marriage – could be regarded as work-related injury.

On September 28, 2005, the police superintendent, 39, received an email from his chief commissioner. An attachment on the email opened a Powerpoint presentation, the first slide of which was a voluptuous blonde woman reclining on a Ferrari, with the caption: “Imagine, you have a date with this woman.”

However when the officer clicked further, the slideshow moved on to “what purported to be a woman’s genitalia infected with a skin rash, supposedly an advanced venereal disease,” the court heard.

He was “seriously traumatized,” the court heard.

Ultimately, the email caused the man “psychiatric illness, obsessive compulsive disorders and obsessive ideas.”

The man became depressed and was forced to take medication.

The man’s marriage also fell apart. In the court’s judgement, it stated: “His mind had at the time revolved around the question of whether similar symptoms could exist with his wife, which interfered with his sex life to such an extent that in the end it ... resulted in separation.”

District authorities in Wesel who challenged the policeman’s case, told the court: “It goes against every experience of life that a grown man, indeed a policeman, could come away with psychiatric damage from a glimpse at a picture.”

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The state of North Rhine-Westphalia must in the wake of the court decision pay the man’s medical costs and costs associated with any long-term damage.

The policeman has already launched a second court challenge to win compensation from the state because the incident had also negatively affected his career.

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15:01 January 6, 2011 by storymann
Don't they do some physcological testing when the hire police ?,,,this guy must have slipped thru the cracks.. I would think an auto accident where body parts are laying around would be more trauma than that.
15:14 January 6, 2011 by Gretl
Sounds like the guy was depressed, then impotent, which led to his wife leaving, which he then went back and found a reason to blame his employer so that he could continue not working and stay home playing video games.
15:19 January 6, 2011 by freechoice
i wonder how do german gynecologists deal with this everyday.
16:19 January 6, 2011 by storymann
I need to keep this one in mind..I sometimes have locals asking me if it is true that a person sued Micky Ds because the coffee was to hot and they burned themselves.. ..This surely tops that.
16:21 January 6, 2011 by auniquecorn
He was traumatized because he found out it was his wifes coochie.

So what happened to the chief commissioner that was nailing this punks wife, and sending nude pic´s over the internet of her?
16:28 January 6, 2011 by tallady
This officer had to be a few bricks shy of a load to begin with..
17:40 January 6, 2011 by Clapoti
I'm happy to see that I'm not the only who think this is completely ridiculous.
19:32 January 6, 2011 by KamiZ
Only in Europe... :P
21:14 January 6, 2011 by missyE
I agree that the policeman is not cut out for such a job. ~But I also con quire with mlovett - that looking down there is not every mans cup of tea. I've heard of numerous accounts where men who used be very eager 'foreplayers' in that area, suddenly drop the game after witnessing their child born. And that affects marriages, relationships etc...
22:23 January 6, 2011 by Gretl
john g - just goes to show you how useless men in the labor room are. I'd have rather gone through it by myself.
01:01 January 7, 2011 by teutonic-knight
I have the greatest respect for policemen. However this individual must have had a weak mind. I agree that porn is from evil. However people should have stronger minds. If a picture can cause an individual mental breakdown, that indivdiual has a very weak mind. In this world only the strong prevail.
07:28 January 7, 2011 by hOU
^ Fool.

Porn is from masturbation ....

Awesome story.
07:32 January 7, 2011 by Landmine
We have a lot of people in the US who will try any excuse just to sue and try and get some money. Sounds like this has spread to Germany because no man I know is such a wuz that ge would allow a picture would wreck his life....
13:35 January 7, 2011 by Nina Williams
"That said I want to sue the makers of 2 girls 1 cup, now that f'd me up for life, oh the horror..."

Auuugggghhh!!! I had forgotten about that!!
14:37 January 7, 2011 by golfcricket
In Germany?? A Policeman?? Porn?? Unbelievable ~ What is wrong with this picture???? and he got a way with it... Totally baffling ~ Especially in a country that's surrounded by "legal" porn.. Give the little bastard credit.. he beat the system and the German legal system let it happen.. I think the Germans need to evaluate the legal system and the judge who granted this decision.... Don't blame the little cop... blame the stupid people that even gave him the time of day. Stunning!!
16:30 January 7, 2011 by storymann
I would say there is truth in what the women have said about looking down there during childbirth,,it affected me for about 2 months until the all clear was signaled,and suddenly that imagine was gone....
21:41 January 7, 2011 by DinhoPilot
@Nina Williams

Damn you had to remind the world of that! Now it keeps pooping out in my mind and I only saw a glance of it! I am going to SUE you .. LOL!

Ladies and gentlemans, don't get suprise if this year you have to pay more taxes, we have to pay for the policeman, for the ice, for the sand, for greece, spain, portugal, police restruturation, to remove english words from german, for integration, for hart iv, for the donner assaulted diplomated, for the eggs scandal, for 4G networks, new satellites, wikileaks leaks, euro, global warming, etc... etc... etc...
04:45 January 8, 2011 by Prufrock2010
Pay now, pay later. What's the difference? The cop's a fraud and WikiLeaks rocks.
13:04 January 9, 2011 by That's a nice tea cosy!
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