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Second firing in DCF scandal



The Department of Children and Families has fired a second employee connected to an unfolding investigation into the agency's former spokesman, who was arrested Feb. 1 on child pornography charges.

Michael Hernandez, who worked for the DCF as a computer technician, told investigators that he tossed former DCF spokesman Al Zimmerman's home computer in a trash bin because Zimmerman, 40, told him he was afraid of what police would find on them.

Hernandez, who told authorities he had a sexual relationship with Zimmerman, also admitted to wiping clean and reformatting a DCF-issued laptop that Zimmerman used for work, at Zimmerman's request, authorities said. Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:10pm]


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