FBI Concerned About Agents Sexting, Dating Drug Dealers, Paying for Sex
As a way to deter misconduct, the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases quarterly internal interdisciplinary reports to its employees.
CNN was able to obtain a copy of one of these documents. Contained within the memo are descriptions of past misbehaviors by FBI employees. These examples of misconduct include paying for sex in a massage parlor, sending naked photos to co-workers, “sexting” in the office and even putting surveillance devices in the offices of superiors.
The FBI issues these quarterly reports in an effort to stop what FBI assistant director Candice Will calls a “rash of sexting cases.” Apparently a number of FBI employees use their government-issued devices to send lurid texts and naked photos.
“We're hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people, as well as their supervisors ... you can't do this stuff,” said Will. “When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use. It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress. That is not why we provide you an FBI BlackBerry.”
The FBI disciplined 1,045 employees for a variety of violations from 2010 to 2012. Eighty-five were fired. The FBI currently employs about 36,000 people.
Although the reports, issued by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, do not show employees' names or titles, they do provide crystal clear details of their poor behaviors. From the report:
An FBI supervisor “repeatedly committed check fraud and lacked candor under oath.”
An FBI employee had a “romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug/user dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the administrative inquiry about her husband's activities.”
Another FBI worker “was involved in a domestic dispute at mistress' apartment, requiring police intervention. Employee was drunk and uncooperative with police" and "refused to relinquish his weapon, making it necessary for the officers to physically subdue him, take the loaded weapon and place employee in handcuffs.”