A senior FBI agent described by his colleagues as “slimy” and “creepy” groped three of his subordinates, made inappropriate sexual comments and drank on the job, according to an internal investigation.
The unnamed agent was a supervising assistant special agent who was in charge and working in New York.
He was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice and the investigation was completed in December.
It was unclear if he was ever punished.
The FBI, with more than 35,000 employees, is notoriously monitoring such allegations. The last time the Office of Inspector General conducted a comprehensive investigation into sexual misconduct within the FBI, it counted 343 “violations” from fiscal years 2009 to 2012, including three cases of “videotaping of women naked without consent.” Associated Press reported in Dec.
The New York investigation documents obtained by: The New York Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, show that he would attack his young colleagues at alcohol-rich afterwork events in bars and offices.
An unnamed FBI agent, who was in charge as a supervising assistant special agent, was under investigation over allegations of inappropriate behavior with women and drinking at work. A woman, who said he groped her in front of other colleagues in a bar, wanted to press charges, but he denied her allegations and the case was dropped.
In one incident, he groped a woman while they were at a bar with two other colleagues.
He is said to have asked one of his colleagues: ‘Do you think I should try to sleep with her?’
He then openly groped her and “rubbed his hand over her vagina and buttocks over her clothes for a few seconds several times at a time,” the documents say.
A friend who witnessed the groping texted the victim later that evening to check on her.
The friend wrote: ‘Are you okay? I know I’m early, but we put up with a lot not to rock the boat, so I just want to make sure.”
The victim replied: ‘It was rude and creepy, he touched the same parts of me repeatedly, so not accidentally. But like you said, we put up with a lot not to rock the boat.’
The victim filed a criminal complaint with an unnamed law enforcement agency, but the federal and state charges were dismissed, the inspector general’s office said. The officer denied the allegations to investigators.
The officer was described by colleagues as “slimy” and “creepy” and made several abusive comments about women. He also kept whiskey and wine in his office and held drinking sessions in his office with his subordinates – who he said were “in the trust tree.”
The unnamed FBI agent was notorious for his innuendo and inappropriate comments, in addition to introducing women who worked for him and groping her in a bar at one time.
Another woman told investigators he would rub her shoulders while they worked together after saying she “seemed tense.”
At a social event after work in a bar, he said to her, “Tell me you want me,” and grabbed her.
He was furious with her and once yelled at her in front of other FBI employees, inadvertently spitting on her while yelling at her.
Other witnesses told investigators he was “over the top” and “slimy.”
Another witness said he once asked a female colleague, “Do you think she does anal?”
He was also known to drink on the job.
Investigators found two bottles of wine and an empty box of Glenlivet Scotch under the officer’s desk.
He was found to have been drinking during working hours with foreign law enforcement officers and members of the U.S. military, the documents say.
The agent was known for providing drinks for those he took care of, with out-of-hours sessions often on Fridays.
He stated that at the end of the meetings the door to his office would be locked and that he would tell the supervisors they were ‘in the trust tree’ and offer them all a ‘single malt Scotch’. the documents.
The FBI has not responded to the report.
An Associated Press investigation in December identified at least six allegations of sexual misconduct involving senior FBI officials in the past five years.
Each of the accused FBI officials appears to have avoided discipline, the AP found, and several were quietly transferred or retired, retaining their full pensions and benefits, even as investigations confirmed allegations of sexual misconduct against them.
Further, federal law enforcement officials are given anonymity even after the disciplinary process has run its course, allowing them to get on their feet in the private sector or even stay with law enforcement.
“They’re sweeping it under the rug,” said a former FBI analyst who alleges in a new federal lawsuit that a special supervisory agent licked and groped her face at a colleague’s farewell party in 2017.
She eventually left the FBI and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“As the primary law enforcement agency that the FBI presents itself, it’s very disheartening for them to allow people they know to be criminals to retire and pursue law enforcement careers,” the woman said.
The recurring sexual misconduct has attracted the attention of Congress and advocacy groups, which have called for whistleblower protections for ordinary FBI employees and for an outside entity to review the agency’s disciplinary cases.
“They need a #MeToo moment,” said Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who has criticized the treatment of women in the male-dominated FBI.
“It’s abhorrent and underlines the fact that the FBI and many of our institutions are still good old-fashioned networks.
“I’m not surprised they’re still in the dark ages when it comes to assault and sexual harassment.”