Watchdog: Accountability

Going postal: USPS IG finds sex on the job, stalkers and slashed tires

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Letter carriers stalking customers and postal employees getting personal in the back room while on duty were among the stranger incidents involving U.S. Postal Service employees in recent years, according to the agency's inspector general.

The USPS IG investigated multiple assault cases last year, which were released to the Washington Examiner through a Freedom of Information Act request. Personal information was redacted from the reports.

In perhaps the strangest case, a mail carrier in Maine became overly friendly with a female customer, showing her a photo of himself dressed as a woman and asking whether she liked men dressed in drag.

Shortly after the conversation, the married letter carrier called and asked her on a date, which she refused.

A few days later, he delivered the mail to her door instead of her mailbox and tried to kiss her, according to the report. This happened two more times before the customer stopped answering her door.

When the carrier wouldn't leave her alone, the customer reported him. He hired an attorney, refused to talk to the IG, and the case was referred to the Postal Service for administrative action. The records made public are unclear as to the final outcome of the case.

Another letter carrier was accused of befriending and then sexually assaulting children along his mail route. He pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail, 11 months of which were later suspended. He was also fired.

An Ohio postal employee claimed another employee, her ex-husband, raped her on government property, but an investigation determined that the sexual contact was consensual.

The couple was divorced, and according to the report, the man came up behind the woman, wrapped his arms around her, and told her he missed her and wanted her back. They snuck into a locked back room where things got steamy.

Her ex-husband, meanwhile, had started dating another employee, making his ex-wife jealous.

Another encounter between employees was less friendly when a sales associate slashed the tires of another employee's car and damaged her fender after getting in trouble for coming back late from a lunch break.

The sales associate later turned himself into the New York Police Department and pleaded guilty to harassment and damaging property. He was ordered to pay restitution.

In another unfriendly incident, a maintenance manager shoved a custodian in the back of the head during an argument.

The altercation aggravated an injury the custodian received at home the night before, and she went to the hospital for treatment.

But when the custodian tried to report it as an on-the-job injury, the maintenance supervisor discouraged the custodian from filing the report.

Only when the manager talked to Human Resources a week later was the custodian allowed to file the report "to protect the agency."

The supervisor said she had dissuaded the custodian from filing the report because she received the initial injury at home before the altercation.

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