A former Wheaton police officer fired for watching pornography in his cruiser is fighting to receive disability pension pay.

Thomas Sommerfield was terminated earlier this year after an internal investigation showed he had been watching pornography in his cruiser, according to records obtained by the Tribune. Sommerfield, a 23-year veteran patrol officer, was among the officers who were honored last year for arresting a man in a shooting incident.

Sommerfield is claiming a psychological disability, said Richard Reimer, attorney for the pension board. Reimer would not discuss specifics of the case or comment because it is pending. In general, he said, line-of-duty disability pension benefits offer 65 percent of the officer's salary and non-duty disability pension pays out 50 percent.