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State DOJ official suspended for joking about inappropriate comments

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 17:22:03-05

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office has completed its investigation about a top director and has given him a suspension and a warning.

Patrick Magee is the Director of the Criminal Division for the Louisiana Department of Justice.

Last month, we reported that he was under investigation for potential policy violations.

Today, the AG's office sent us the results; they found that Magee did violate policies but investigators believed his comments were "joking in nature."

The "joking" comments are alleged to have included "profanity, sexual slang and unprofessional comments about the appearance of colleagues." These comments are alleged to have been made to DOJ colleagues and third-party affiliates of the DOJ, the report states.

The investigation did not find that Magee made any "sexual overtures" to anyone, and it found that the person who was offended by the comments never told Magee that. However, the comments were offensive to some of his colleagues and violated policy, the report says of the comments.

Because of that, he was given 38 days of suspension without pay, the equivalent of more than $20,000. He also will participate in mandatory training to "assist in developing your emotional intelligence, professionalism in the workplace, conflict management and leadership skills."

The report also encourages Magee to "thoughtfully consider your conduct and be cautioned that future policy violation may result in additional disciplinary action up to and including removal from employment."

We have reached out to Magee to see if he has any comment on the findings.