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Hudson cop John Worden resigns over sexcapades on duty

An internal investigation suggests Hudson officer John Worden spent half his work time on secret liaisons of the bare naked variety.

An internal investigation suggests Hudson officer John Worden spent half his work time on secret liaisons of the bare naked variety.

For the better part of eight years, John Worden was a dutiful cop in Hudson, Wisconsin, earning letters of commendation and the Hudson PD's Life Saving Award.

Then his eye began to wander.

According to an internal investigation, Worden was creeping. He would rendezvous with a woman while on the clock in order "to avoid getting caught" by his girlfriend. 

The affair started last fall. Worden and the woman would have sex in the early morning hours inside his police SUV. The woman estimated they had intercourse between 80 and 100 times while Worden was on duty.

Worden later told Hudson Police Lt. Geoff Willems that despite the sweaty distractions, he remained vigilant by keeping his police radio on in case there was an emergency.

But it wasn't the indiscretions that got Worden in trouble. It was the attempted coverup.

Earlier this year, Worden and the woman split. Worden told Willems he was being stalked and that the woman was making fictitious claims about a romantic relationship on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the woman informed his superiors about the liaisons because she was fearful he could use his position of authority "to really make her life miserable."

Around this same time, another woman came forward, seeking information about obtaining a restraining order against a Hudson cop. She alleged an officer was using Hudson police resources "to bait women."

Worden was placed on leave April 15. He admitted the relationship to department officials five days later. The internal investigation would reveal Worden falsified logs and sent thousands of text messages to various women using his department cell phone, all while his extracurricular pursuits consumed about half of his work hours.

He lost his $63,000-a-year job in early May. Worden decided it would be wise to resign.