FBI's New Crisis: Too Much Sexting

Records reveal range of disciplinary issues
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 7:31 AM CST
FBI's New Crisis: Too Much Sexting
The FBI is dealing with sexting among its employees.   (Shutterstock)

FBI agents have received a stern rebuke in internal reports: Time to stop the sexting. An assistant director says the agency has been dealing with a "rash" of dirty texts and naked photos, some sent on government-furnished devices, CNN reports. "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," the official says.

Some 1,045 employees faced disciplinary measures—although that accounts for both sext- and non-sext-related offenses—between 2010 and 2012. Eighty-five of these employees were fired. One was linked to child pornography; another "hid a recording device in (a) supervisor's office"; another engaged in a drunken "domestic dispute." CNN reports a few of the sex cases:

  • A worker "paid for a sexual favor from (a) masseuse," prompting a two-week suspension.
  • Another sent a "nude photograph of herself to (an) ex-boyfriend's wife," landing a 10-day suspension.
  • An employee sent nude photos "to other employees" that "adversely affected the daily activities of several squads."
"I still get files and I think, 'Wow, I never would have thought of that,'" says the assistant director. (More FBI stories.)

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