Several FBI supervisors recently engaged in lewd conduct and improper sexual activity, and a senior official resigned after he was found to have had affairs with two subordinates, the Justice Department says. The New York Times says the report from the Justice Department inspector general said the FBI’s handling of some cases was troubling and raised questions of preferential treatment. In the case of the official who had sex with the two employees, supervisors reversed a recommendation that he be discharged and suspended and demoted him. The unidentified official, a deputy assistant director who faced other accusations of sexual improprieties, resigned in September.
The new report documented several cases. In one, a supervisor and another agent were suspended for failing to report that another agent was having an affair with the wife of an organized-crime figure. In another, the report said an agent leading a seminar on evidence gathering made a graphic joke that was sexually and racially tinged about an airport search of Oprah Winfrey, the talk-show host. The agent received a letter of censure. In a third, a senior official and other employees went to a “Chili Cook-Off” on FBI grounds dressed in drag as the Spice Girls, the British musical group. Before an audience that included numerous FBI employees and federal judges, the employees put on a comic skit that included numerous sex jokes, an apparent reference to oral sex and a lap dance.