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FBI cracks down on employee sexting

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM   |   Comments

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- You might expect an FBI agent to know better than send nude photos on a government-issued phone, but CNN has obtained confidential internal disciplinary reports that outline a spectacular range of disciplined behavior.

In response to the leak, FBI Assistant Director Candice Will agreed to speak to CNN.

“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. 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 has about 36,000 employees, and between 2010 and 2012 1,045 were disciplined and 85 were fired. Among the misconduct recorded in the files, revealed by CNN, are that employees have bugged their bosses office, sent naked photos of themselves to co-workers and paid for sex in a massage parlor.

The report doesn't list agents' personal information, but it gives an outline of their behavior and the subsequent disciplinary action. New York Magazine points out that getting a DUI in your own car, shoplifting from a grocery store, and lying about dating a known drug dealer will lead to dismissal. However, infractions such as "unauthorized use of FBI database to search for information about friends and coworkers," "broke spouses e-reader in half and pointed unloaded gun at dog's head," and "used government-issued Blackberry to send sexually explicit messages to another employee," will only earn you a suspension.

"It is important to note that the ratio of disciplinary issues among FBI agents are among the lowest in the federal government and private sector," FBI Agents Association president Konrad Motyka told CNN.

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