What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, when it happens in a Sin City FBI office.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Karen Veltri claims in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Nevada against US Attorney General Merrick Garland as head of the agency that she was subjected to sexual harassment on several occasions at the Bureau’s Las Vegas office.
According to the claim, the harassment began when Veltri was reassigned to the Las Vegas Division in November 2019.
Veltri worked for Assistant Special Agent in Charge Francis Cucinotta, who she claims attempted sexual relations with her and made inappropriate remarks to her.
Veltri reported Cucinotta’s actions to Supervisory Special Agent Robert Bennett in spring 2020. Bennett was an employee assistance program officer entrusted with assisting employees who are experiencing work-related difficulties.
Instead of helping Veltri, Bennett also allegedly sexually harassed her.
“On November 20, 2020, Bennett sent Plaintiff in a text message on her bureau-issued cell phone, a photograph with a rainbow-colored dildo between his legs,” the suit alleges.
“My D*ck pic!!!!!” he wrote under the photo, according to the suit.
Bennett also texted her on multiple occasions about the firearms he had and his excessive alcohol habit. He allegedly sent her photos of himself at a 2021 Super Bowl party.
“I’m out hanging with my buddy Chris and had a good time at the Super Bowl party, but I’m obviously f–king drunk, so I won’t be in til noon or one,” the text read, according to the suit.
“I just don’t wanna bulls–t you I’m drunk as f–k, and I need til noon or one to sober up to show up so handle s–t for me,” he added, the suit states.
Veltri stated to the EEO that she was particularly concerned about “a loaded shotgun Bennett kept in a cabinet, next to his desk, in his office,” considering his speculated alcoholism.
She complained to the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility about the harassment by both bosses, but no action was taken.