Washington (CNN) -- It sounds like the plot of a bad movie:
bugging your boss' office. Sending naked photos around to co-workers. Sexting in
the office. Paying for sex in a massage parlor.
But it all happened in the
federal agency whose motto is "fidelity, bravery, integrity" -- the FBI.
These lurid details are outlined
in confidential internal disciplinary reports obtained by CNN that were issued
to FBI employees as a way to deter misconduct.
Read the FBI's internal reports (PDF)
The FBI hopes these quarterly
reports will stem what its assistant director called a "rash of sexting cases"
involving employees who are using their government-issued devices to send lurid
texts and nude photos.
"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," FBI assistant director Candice Will
told CNN this week. "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."
While the vast majority of the
FBI's 36,000 employees act professionally, the disciplinary reports issued by
the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility show serious misconduct has
continued for years.
From 2010 to 2012, the FBI
disciplined 1,045 employees for a variety of violations, according to the
agency. Eighty-five were fired.
The internal reports over the
last year don't specify job titles, names or the location of the employees. Yet,
they provide exact details of their misdeeds:
-- One employee engaged in a
"romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a
drug/user dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the
administrative inquiry about her husband's activities."
-- Another FBI worker "hid a
recording device in supervisor's office. In addition, without authorization,
employee made copies of supervisor's negative comments about employee that
employee located by conducting an unauthorized search of the supervisor's office
and briefcase." It said the employee "lied to investigators during (the) course
of the administrative inquiry."
-- An FBI supervisor "repeatedly
committed check fraud and lacked candor under oath."
-- One employee "was involved in
a domestic dispute at mistress' apartment, requiring police intervention.
Employee was drunk and uncooperative with police" and "refused to relinquish his
weapon, making it necessary for the officers to physically subdue him, take the
loaded weapon and place employee in handcuffs."
-- In other cases, an employee
was charged with DUI for the second time, one used a lost or stolen credit card
to buy gas, and another was caught in a child pornography sting operation,
according to the internal reports.
All of the employees in these
cases were fired.
More FBI employees were
disciplined for their transgressions, including one woman who -- according to
the reports -- "used (a) personal cell phone to send nude photographs of herself
to other employees" which "adversely affected the daily activities of several
squads." Another FBI worker e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to
ex-boyfriend's wife." Both employees received 10-day suspensions.
Another who visited a massage
parlor "and paid for a sexual favor from the masseuse" received a 14-day
suspension. And an employee who used a government-issued BlackBerry "to send
sexually explicit messages to another employee" was suspended for five days.
Will expressed surprise at some
of the behavior outlined in the reports.
"As long I've been doing this
... there are days when I think 'OK, I've seen it all,' but I really haven't,"
Will said. "I still get files and I think, 'Wow, I never would have thought of
Some of the recent cases follow
CNN uncovered in 2011 after obtaining several years of the internal disciplinary
reports. Those reports included incidents involving FBI employees
sleeping with informants, a sex tape made by an agent and his
girlfriend, tapping into FBI databases for unauthorized searches, viewing
pornography on bureau computers and other cases of drunk driving.
The FBI Agents Association --
which advocates for active and former FBI agents -- said the incidents should be
considered in the proper context.
"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," the association's president Konrad
Motyka told CNN.