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City plans to install filters on computers

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane has decided to put filters on all city computers in the wake of a sex scandal at the Indian Trail fire station.

A Spokane firefighter was suspended last month for having sex with a 16 year old girl. The City says that Daniel Ross initially contacted the young woman through an adult web site that was accessed from a computer in the firehouse.

Late Friday afternoon Mayor Dennis Hession ordered the City's computer department to determine whether software can be installed on all City-owned computers that will prevent such things from recurring.

"A lot of things happen and some of those things that happen are things that we're not proud of," said Mayor Hession. "But they happen everywhere. It's just that we are very visible to the public and they see them, whereas other places they would not."

The investigation also continues into why digital photos of the young woman and the firefighter having sex were deleted by two police department detectives. The mayor says he does not believe this is evidence tampering but the internal probe will determine whether that's the case.

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