DOJ Attorney Stored and Transmitted ‘Sexually Explicit Images’ on DOJ Laptop and Cellphone

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 6, 2019 | 4:43 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - An unnamed Department of Justice attorney stored and transmitted “sexually explicit images” on a DOJ-issued laptop and cellphone, according to an investigative summary released today by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice.

When investigated by the IG, the unnamed DOJ lawyer admitted he stored and transmitted the sexually explicit images on his government phone and computer.

“An OIG forensic review of all DOJ electronic devices issued to the attorney determined that the attorney had sexually explicit images on the attorney’s DOJ issued laptop computer and DOJ issued cellular telephone that were not associated with any official DOJ investigation or court proceeding,” said the summary.

“The OIG forensic review further determined that the images were adult in nature,” said the summary.

“During an OIG interview under oath, the attorney admitted to storing images on the attorney’s DOJ issued devices, and to receiving them from and transmitting them to adults the attorney knew, using the DOJ issued devices,” it said.

Here is the complete text of the OIG investigative summary:

INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY

Findings of Misconduct by a DOJ Trial Attorney for Misuse of DOJ Issued Computer and Cellular Telphone

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation upon receipt of information from the employing DOJ division alleging that a trial attorney had sexually explicit images on the trial attorney’s DOJ issued telephone.

An OIG forensic review of all DOJ electronic devices issued to the attorney determined that the attorney had sexually explicit images on the attorney’s DOJ issued laptop computer and DOJ issued cellular telephone that were not associated with any official DOJ investigation or court proceeding. The OIG forensic review further determined that the images were adult in nature. During an OIG interview under oath, the attorney admitted to storing images on the attorney’s DOJ issued devices, and to receiving them from and transmitting them to adults the attorney knew, using the DOJ issued devices. The attorney also acknowledged that the attorney’s actions violated DOJ information technology rules of behavior, which expressly prohibited transmitting, receiving, story or viewing sexually explicit material.

The OIG substantiated the allegation. The attorney’s actions violated DOJ policy regarding misuse of information technology systems.

The OIG has completed its investigation and provided a report to the DOJ employing division and to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility for appropriate action.

Unless otherwise noted, the OIG applies the preponderance of evidence standard in determining whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel have committed misconduct.

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