Phone-sex cop now "Cutie Off Duty"

Philly phone-sex cop Terra Barrow is making lemons into lemonade: Four months after the Daily News exposed her controversial side gig running websites and phone lines for lusty callers with fetishes, she is launching another racy side gig.
Philly phone-sex cop Terra Barrow is making lemons into lemonade: Four months after the Daily News exposed her controversial side gig running websites and phone lines for lusty callers with fetishes, she is launching another racy side gig.
Posted: July 03, 2014

TALK ABOUT turning lemons into lemonade . . . or prudishness into pasties.

The Philadelphia cop who irked police brass with her side gig as a phone-sex operator has launched another side business selling lingerie and blogging as "Cutie Off Duty."

This time, though, Officer Terra Barrow says, she got her bosses' permission.

The Daily News exposed Barrow's phone-sex work in a February story. For years, Barrow ran websites and phone lines appealing to lusty callers with fetishes both tame and taboo, including fetishes that would be illegal if acted upon in real life, like pedophilia, rape, incest, kidnapping and murder.

Barrow then told the Daily News that she quit the business about two years ago, because she worried that it would endanger her police job. And Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirmed that although Internal Affairs probed the business, Barrow didn't get in trouble because being a phone-sex operator wasn't explicitly forbidden under police rules.

Barrow, 35, who joined the force in April 1999, is assigned to the civil-affairs unit.

Her new website (tagline: "Never a rest from being the best!") features a "female empowerment" blog called "The Cutie Chronicles," with entries like "Misbehave Mondays" and "Touch Me Tuesdays." She also posts audio clips like one in which she coaches listeners, in a baby voice and occasional giggles, on how to best sexually pleasure themselves.

After the Daily News' story in February, Barrow hired a publicist and appeared on talk and radio shows defending her phone-sex work.

Yesterday, the publicist said Barrow was too busy to talk on the phone with the Daily News. But in an email, Barrow said, "I'm not doing anything illegal or unethical . . . 'Cutie Off Duty' is on the weekends, during my free time."

Barrow said she started "Cutie Off Duty" and has a second side job selling botanical products to earn money to pay her full-time college tuition.

But John McNesby, president of Philly's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, wasn't happy about her new business.

"There's got to be some kind of line drawn about what's appropriate for off-duty behavior," McNesby said. "You either want to be a police officer or you want to be in the lingerie business. I don't begrudge anybody making money off-duty, but this doesn't fit in with police work."

He said union leaders will discuss appropriate side jobs with police brass and amend Directive 121, the department's policy on outside employment.

The policy already prohibits any position involving a badge or a hint of police powers, such as security guards or jobs involving alcohol.

Reached yesterday, Ramsey said Barrow did get permission from her supervisors - although she told them only that she would be selling "clothing," rather than the body stockings with breast holes and other smutty duds she offers online. With such a generic description, supervisors had no reason to reject it, he said.

"Am I happy about it? No," Ramsey said. "But she has a First Amendment right [to sell lingerie and run a racy site]. Am I going to go arrest everyone who's selling lingerie at Macy's?"

He said the department did amend its rules on outside jobs this spring, expressly forbidding anything involving "sexual aids, services, chat rooms or video."

Barrow's new job "definitely skirts the rules," Ramsey said. But he said she didn't identify herself as a Philadelphia officer on her site, so she broke no rules.


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