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It derives from the Old French for the Cuckoo bird, “cocu.”

cocapuffs.jpgAs much as I love this morning’s “carrots and crack” story, I think I love this one even more. A cop in Pueblo, Colorado has filed a lawsuit over being fired for allegedly improper reasons. Former Sergeant Michael Bethel “claims that he was fired because he and his wife engage in a ‘cuckold’ sexual relationship.”

For those unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia succinctly explains it: “A cuckold is a married man whose wife has sex with other men.”

Yup - Michael and his wife Tammy have been married for 20 years, and for the past 10 years they’ve agreed to this setup: Tammy has been allowed to have sex with whoever she wants (as long as they’re not married or underage), but Michael has no similar free-range permissions whatsoever (although he sometimes jumps into one of his wife’s trysts). Where things get complicated, and how Bethel’s police station found out about this arrangement, is because Bethel would sometimes record the trysts.

So in September 2005, Bethel responded to a call at an apartment building, where he was to supervise a 23-year-old gal who was removing her belongings from the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, Jamarlon Keys. Bethel left his notebook at the apartment, so he returned the next day to get it. He must’ve gotten to talking about this cuckold business with Keys, because Keys said that Bethel’s wife was welcome to come by “anytime she wished.” So the Bethels stopped by a few weeks later and and Michael videotaped the little sexual encounter.

A month later, the cops arrested Key’s ex-girlfriend for burglarizing Keys’ apartment and, wouldn’t you know it, among the stolen items was a certain video tape. Keys claims that Bethel actually came to him and tried to get him to drop the charges or not testify, so that the tape wouldn’t be seen by the DA, although Bethel denies this. However, Bethel and his wife did have a conversation with Keys where they said they didn’t care about anyone seeing the tape, and we know this because the cops secretly recorded the conversation.

So now we’re in June 2006, and Bethel gets fired from his police department. A few days later, he’s smacked with felony charges of witness tampering and official misconduct. The tampering charge is eventually tossed out of court because the judge says that Keys isn’t actually a witness, but the victim of the crime in question (i.e., it was tossed out on a technicality). The misconduct charge went to trial, but the jury gave Bethel a not-guilty verdict.

And so, that brings us back to the present, where Bethel has filed a federal lawsuit against his former police station, claiming wrongful termination.

Seriously people, I don’t know how many times one can say this. Don’t videotape your sexual encounters. It may be fun, sure, but more often than not, if comes back to bite you. And not the good kind of biting.

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It just goes to show you, it's not just the criminals that are stupid.

It just goes to show you, it's not just the criminals that are stupid.