Porno Cop

Former Chandler cop and pornographer Ron Dible tells the naked truth.

NT: What did you expect?

Dible: I thought at worst they would do a "conduct unbecoming an officer" type of thing. That's a day off without pay, maximum.

NT: Ouch.

Dible: The thing is that this punishment came down from a police chief known for an adulterous affair. (In the face of allegations, the chief was cleared of any official wrongdoing. Despite an admission by the chief that "I'm not innocent," his lapse in judgment was viewed as personal.) That was my real violation, I guess: I actually had sex with my wife, instead of someone else's.

NT: What about Phoenix police officer Robert Marshall, who ran a similar Web site but was merely reprimanded when his pay-per-view venture was discovered?

Dible: That's because the Phoenix police chief is a big city chief who understands First Amendment rights. He doesn't get all ass-hurt because of media attention. If the Chandler chief of police had just said, "There's no connection between these adult pictures and this department," it would have been out of the papers the next day. But my chief was embarrassed, and he was trying to save face.

NT: Well, there's plenty to be embarrassed about. But this isn't nearly as embarrassing as the infamous Chandler Roundup of a couple years ago.

Dible: Nobody was ever brought up for charges on that, or fired for that, but it brought plenty of disservice. We were called all kind of names over that one.

NT: It's rumored that the Chandler PD was taking heat for some covered-up sex scandals at about the same time you were busted for your porn pictures.

Dible: Well, one of our sergeants, Glen Bell, was accused of fondling a suicidal female he met on a call. While on duty, in his police car. When they called him on that one, he said, "I have 20 years on the force, I'm going to just retire rather than answer your questions." Not only did they allow him to retire, they threw him a retirement party. With me, I was completely shut out of the department when they found out about the Web site.

NT: You're the only cop to get fired for being sexy?

Dible: No. There was one officer who had sexual relations with some of the teenage Explorers who were riding with him, and he was leaving phone messages for them that were sexually explicit. He got fired. The chief was taking heat from on high about all these sexual things in the department, and then my case hit. It was the perfect opportunity for the chief to say, "We won't tolerate this kind of activity from one of our own." He went to the media and told them this story about me, and then fired me because of the bad publicity my Web site was giving the department.

NT: You were a patsy.

Dible: You know, I got fired for supposedly violating policy, but one of the chief's boys was just arrested for DUI while he was driving his City of Chandler vehicle. They gave him a 30-day suspension without pay. Me, they fired. There was no way anyone could connect me with that Web site without me telling them, which I did. I told them I took the pictures, I admitted that all the body parts in the pictures were me.

NT: You were punished for telling the truth.

Dible: Well, the motto in the police world is, "You lie, you die." They say they also fired me because I tried to cover up my involvement with the Web site.

NT: Ron. So, did you wear your uniform in any of the photographs?

Dible: No. There was a photo of me on this CD that the Web site offered for sale. I'm standing there fully dressed, and there's a girl on her knees in front of me. But I wasn't wearing a police uniform.

NT: How come some people think police uniforms are sexy?

Dible: I don't know. I never had any groupies.

NT: I hear you offered to settle out of court.

Dible: I said that I would waive all claims of any civil suits against the City of Chandler and accept the charge of "conduct unbecoming" and its penalty if they'd reinstate me on the force. And they refused. So now we're trying to settle for $1.5 million. And I have a new motorcycle shop.

NT: You're not going to become a porn star.

Dible: No way. Anyhow, the Web site took my wife's pictures down after I got fired. Good timing, huh?

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