Government Protects Employees Who Watch Porn on the Job

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It looks like employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) might not be able to get away with murder, but they can get away with downloading and watching massive amounts of pornography while on the job. When word got out that they were doing this, none of the offenders were fired or even reported to or disciplined by their professional associations.

According to Denver-based attorney Kevin Evans, who sued to have as much information on the incidents as possible released, the majority of the employees involved were attorneys, and none of them was fired or reported to the American Bar Association.

Evans is rankled by the situation because these government employees were watching porn on company time, basically being paid by taxpayers to do it. He says that a private practice attorney who deceitfully billed clients like that would not only be kicked out of the American Bar Association and lose his or her license to practice law, but also could also be indicted and prosecuted for fraud.

The government has not exactly been forthcoming about the details of the situation. Just reading about heinous misuse of taxpayer funds upset Evans enough to send him on a search for details. He had to sue to get most of them, which, after a lot of time and effort, included the 24 offenders' grade, rank, offense and what disciplinary measures were taken, but no names.

"Not one was fired," Evans told AOL Jobs. "But some were allowed to resign. They received basically nothing more than a slap on the wrist." One had downloaded so much porn at work his hard drive was full, and he had to burn the porn onto disks, which he stashed around his office.

Evans has been unable to get the SEC to name names, however. The presiding judge stated that "the public has no right to the names of government employees engaged in unlawful activity."

While Evans believes he's taken the issue about as far as he can go, he feels his time and effort were worthwhile. "By sheer media attention and public interest, we feel we've been successful," he said. We may not know exactly who bilked American taxpayers for time spent watching porn, but we do know that the SEC is responsible for letting them get away with it.

We also know that it's not just happening at the SEC. Evans says that since the situation has come to light, he's received e-mails from employees of many other government agencies claiming that colleagues are watching porn in their offices as well. Your tax dollars at work.

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