A DHS law enforcement agent was fired after female employees complained he requested “naked pictures,” grabbed one's thigh and buttocks, emailed one was “looking hottt ...!” and asked a pregnant woman to participate in “three-way sex” with him and her supervisor.
Douglas Mabry was discharged Aug. 15 for sexual harassment, conduct unbecoming a public employee, misuse of state equipment, discourteous treatment of others and willful violation of state ethics or merit rules, records show.
Investigators reported Mabry claimed his “failure to realize” his conduct was offensive was due to a “dark sense of humor ... developed to deal with the stress of years of police work involving sex crimes against children.”
He claimed that anyone who said he touched them in a sexual manner was “lying,” but “freely admitted” to sending “sexually suggestive, possible offensive, comments, requests, jokes, photos or videos to female employees,” records state.
DHS Inspector General Michael Fairless wrote employees were “intimidated” to report Mabry because of his position as an “investigative agent.”
“Although your technical law enforcement skills are undeniable,” Fairless wrote Mabry in a discharge letter, “your misconduct strikes at the heart of what it means to be a peace officer.”
Mabry was accused of sexually harassing one woman he had been assigned to protect as a witness in a child abuse trial. She told investigators Mabry touched her thigh, grabbed her buttocks and sent her approximately 20 text messages “in rapid succession,” asking if he could stay in her hotel room, cuddle with her and have sex.
The woman threatened to quit her job if necessary, Fairless wrote.
Mabry claimed he “sent those texts in an attempt to use dark humor to reduce the stress ... (she) was under from the death threats made against her.” The case involved a militia member.
Another woman told investigators that Mabry sent her a message where he claimed if he “were 15 years younger and had a ‘bigger you know what'” he'd be after her. She said he also referenced a swimsuit picture of her on Facebook. She then removed the picture and “unfriended” Mabry from her Facebook account.
Investigators said Mabry admitted describing a female co-worker in an email as being “hottt,” but claimed he was attempting to compliment her because she “had lost a lot of weight.”
Mabry, hired in 2007, worked a nine-county area in southwestern Oklahoma.
“Indeed it has been necessary to reassign you from three of the nine counties ... because you are no longer welcome there,” Fairless wrote. “Your pattern of conduct ... has brought great discredit to yourself and the Office of Inspector General.”
The agent had previously received oral and written reprimands for being late to work and inappropriate communications with co-workers, records show. Efforts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.