CINCINNATI – Police and fire department recruits in Cincinnati are asked to reveal their deepest intimate sexual desires in pre-employment questionnaires that can later become accessible to the public, according to Cincinnati.com.

“Have you ever participated in a sexual act in a public place?” the questionnaire asks. “Location(s) and number of times … Explain each circumstance.”

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The city’s aspiring police and firefighters are also asked to describe what specific sexual activity gets them motivated between the sheets.

“Not counting self-masturbation or legal sexual activity with a willing partner, what was your most unusual sex act?” another question reads.

Can you imagine the thoughts bouncing off the walls of the pre-employment office?

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The questionnaire was obtained via several open records requests, the newspaper reports. Moreover, it “certainly raises eyebrows,” according to Mary Turocy, director of public affairs for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Nevertheless, no discrimination lawsuits have been filed statewide regarding the unorthodox questionnaires, which are also utilized in other areas of Ohio, including West Chester, Delhi and Colerain townships, the news agency reports.

“However, if someone made an allegation related to any question, especially a question that is somewhat unusual like those, we’d be looking at whether it is relevant to the duties of the job,” Turocy said.

Yet, with stories like these, you might understand the nexus to employment:

Sadly, these news headlines have become all too common. Consequently, it seems consistent with other pre-employment screening techniques that try to ferret out behavior that would be problematic for public servants. However, it’s probably a matter of time before someone gets eliminated due to a bizarre/illegal sexual fetish and files a lawsuit. Then each question will be weighed and judged on its merit and appropriateness; beyond the scrutiny no doubt already offered by legal counsel.

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Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s police union president said he thinks asking potential cops if they’ve ever had sex in a public place is a good idea since it’s an “indication of law-breaking exposure,” but said other inquiries might go too far.

“What we should be asking about are things that are criminal in nature,” Sgt. Dan Hils told the newspaper. “[S]tuff geared more to people’s private, behind-closed-doors lives, I do not see as having a bearing on the work we do.”

Cincinnati city officials said in a statement that the suggestive questions are a “small component of a comprehensive questionnaire” used in combination with a polygraph exam for prospective cops and firefighters.

“The polygraph is used to help gauge a respondent’s reactions and responses to difficult questions,” the statement read.

But some of the questions might raise issues, according to one Cincinnati-based sex therapist.

“The way that the questions are asked could present the material in a way that suggests that the behavior would be deemed as a negative and thus stigmatize the behavior,” certified sex therapist Emma Schmidt told Cincinnati.com via email.

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Other police and fire recruits throughout Ohio are no strangers to such invasive questions. For example, police recruits in nearby West Chester are asked if they’ve ever been “sexually aroused by fire,” while police and fire hopefuls in Norwood must indicate whether they’ve watched other people have sex.

“The questions asked as part of the polygraph examination should be considered as a collective of questions and not individually,” West Chester spokeswoman Barb Wilson wrote the newspaper. “They are designed to gauge reactions and determine truthfulness in the broad range of topics covered.”

Police in Delhi Township, meanwhile, also want to know if the cops and firefighters of tomorrow have posted naked photos of themselves online or on dating apps.

“Being in the business of public trust, I think this is the least we can do to vet prospective employees who will be afforded the public’s trust simply by being a Delhi representative,” Delhi Township Administrator Jack Cameron told the newspaper.