IG Report: DOI official allegedly coerced sex from underling
The Inspector General's report on corruption in the Minerals Management Service in the Department of the Interior reveals all kinds of shocking misconduct, including an alleged sexual assault of an underling by her supervisor, Gregory W. Smith, then the Program Director of the Royalty in Kind Program, based in Denver, CO:
We interviewed yet another [Royalty In Kind program] employee who stated that in approximately 2005, Smith "insisted" that she ride in his car from one business establishment to another, and she agreed.
This employee stated that Smith "took the long way" between the two businesses, and during the drive he asked to go to her nearby home, but she refused. "He wanted to have sex; I said no," she recalled. Smith then asked if she would have oral sex with him, but she told him she did not want to. She said that Smith "basically forced [her] head into his lap," and she performed oral sex on him as he drove the car slowly. She said Smith was "real persistent" but not violent, and she did not feel as though she had been sexually assaulted by Smith. She stated that it was difficult for her to have sex with Smith because he supervised her and RIK program, but she "felt like [she] could get fired," so she did what Smith wanted. She said she was "scared" that if she didn't do what Smith wanted her to do, it could affect her employment. She said this was the only time she ever had sex with Smith.
The alleged victim may not believe that Smith assaulted her, but she's clearly describing coercive sexual contact. If events unfolded as she described, she was sexually assaulted.
The Inspector General's determination that a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" gripped the Denver office has already gotten a lot of play in the media. However, as far as I know, the sexual assault angle hasn't been publicized.
The report cites numerous examples of Smith and other RIK employees engaging in consensual but ethically proscribed sexual relationships between superiors and their underlings as well as consensual encounters between RIK staffers and employees of the oil companies they were doing business with.
Smith is also alleged to have urged his one of his underlings to sell him cocaine and deliver it to the office. In one instance, he apparently paid his connection with a $60 personal check. The employee told investigators that Smith promised to give her a better performance evaluation if she procured drugs for him.
She also recalled an incident in which Smith showed up at her home looking for coke and ended up snorting crystal meth off of her toaster oven.
The Minerals Management Service oversees trillions of dollars worth of mineral resources on behalf of the people of the United States. Its Royalty in Kind program allows oil companies to pay their oil leases with oil.
The IG's report concludes that at at least a third of the staffers working on the RIK program had inappropriate social, financial, and/or sexual ties to oil companies doing business with RIK.
Update: Here's the Inspector General's full report on Smith.pdf.