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Raunchy video act costly to worker

A suspended Pinellas Park employee gets his job back after agreeing to a deal.

Published June 29, 2007


PINELLAS PARK -- A public works technician who appeared in raunchy videos on a shock jock's Web site will keep his job.

But Tom Parmentier Jr. will lose a month's pay from his $31,484 annual salary. Parmentier also signed an agreement that requires him to behave in the future or lose his job with the city.

"You will immediately, and for as long as you are employed by the city, discontinue your participation in the improper, graphic, vulgar and undesirable types of published behavior which were the basis for this disciplinary action," the contract says.

Parmentier agreed to "insure that your actions do not ... bring the city into a light which interferes with its operations."

The city also forbade him from discussing the agreement on television, radio show or Internet Web site.

"What I have to do to get my job back is well worth it," said Parmentier, 38, who lives in Wesley Chapel. He thanked his supporters, including Bubba the Love Sponge, who tried to drum up a wave of support on his radio show.

Parmentier said the unpaid suspension hurt his family financially, and he was glad his attorney was able to work out a deal with the city so he could go back to work. Tuesday will be his first day back.

Pinellas Park spokesman Tim Caddell declined to discuss the details of the agreement, saying, "It's a new day. ... The assumption is he will come back and do his job and everybody will get over it."

Parmentier was suspended without pay June 1 after Pinellas Park officials discovered he had appeared in at least three videos on Bubba the Love Sponge's Web site.

At a pre-termination hearing, city officials listed five instances of wrongdoing that, they said, merited his firing. Among them were "pictures and video footage of Mr. Parmentier receiving electrical shocks to his private parts while dressed in a net body-stocking and gas mask (and) pictures of Mr. Parmentier having a jar of fire ants placed over his genitalia by a female cohort."

Pinellas Park also alleged that he misused city flex time, a charge Parmentier denied.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at lindberg@sptimescom or (727) 893-8450.

[Last modified June 28, 2007, 23:36:50]

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