EPA Employee Spent 2-6 Hours Per Day Watching Porn at Work

When an investigator came in to follow up on a tip, the employee in question was “actively viewing porn on his government-issued computer.”

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Eric Katz, Government Executive
May 8, 2014, 8:08 a.m.

Some­times, you are simply caught red handed.

Such was the case with an em­ploy­ee at the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency when an in­vest­ig­at­or from the in­spect­or gen­er­al’s of­fice came in to fol­low up on a tip. The in­vest­ig­at­or was look­ing in­to wheth­er the em­ploy­ee was ac­tu­ally stor­ing por­no­graph­ic ma­ter­i­al on a net­work serv­er shared with co-work­ers.

When the in­vest­ig­at­or came in for the in­ter­view, the em­ploy­ee in ques­tion was “act­ively view­ing porn on his gov­ern­ment-is­sued com­puter,” Deputy As­sist­ant In­spect­or Gen­er­al for In­vest­ig­a­tions Al­lan Wil­li­ams told a con­gres­sion­al com­mit­tee Wed­nes­day.

Ap­par­ently see­ing little way to plead in­no­cence, the em­ploy­ee “con­fessed to spend­ing, on av­er­age, between two and six hours per day view­ing por­no­graphy while at work.” In­vest­ig­at­ors later found the em­ploy­ee had down­loaded and viewed more than 7,000 por­no­graph­ic files dur­ing duty hours.

The Justice De­part­ment has taken over the case for pro­sec­u­tion.


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