FBI agents are accused of using photos of young staffers to lure sexual predators, authorities said.
The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General recently released a report accusing some FBI special agents of having women in the agency’s support staff — who were not certified to go undercover — pose as minors or sex workers in photos that were posted on social media to “entice sexual predators.”
The inspector general’s office says it learned of the operation during an investigation into a special agent who was accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” with a member of the support staff and asking her to provide “provocative pictures” of herself for online undercover operations.
In the photos reviewed by the watchdog group, the women were clothed and had their faces blurred out.
But, the group says, the agent who was under investigation did not get written consent from the women to use the photos or document when and where the photos were posted.