CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A 13-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office resigned this week amid allegations that he posted “racial and homophobic” comments on local news websites, using his county computer while on duty.
Lt. Jeff Egnor, posting under the screen name “Abu Mybutt”, allegedly made hundreds of postings websites operated by KMGH-TV and KUSA-TV, according to Undersheriff Tony Spurlock.
Egnor commented on various stories from police shootings to the elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that will let gay soldiers serve openly in the military.
“New miltary slogans: The few, the queer, the Marines! Butt Rangers lead the way! Be as gay as you can be! Aim for a high hard one, Air Force! Join the Navy, see naked men!” Egnor posted on Dec. 20, 2010, misspelling military.
Two similar posts: “Now we have a new weapon against our enemies: the sissy slap! :-P” and “I hear the Army is forming a new division: The Rump Rangers! :-D.”
Egnor also made comments about religious figures and attacked liberals, saying Democrats are ruining the United States.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation began Monday following a tip from KMGH-TV, which discovered that the IP address of the computer was traced back to county government offices. The station was responding to complaints by users about the inflammatory remarks being posted on its website, thedenverchannel.com.
“It was determined it was Lt. Jeff Egnor’s computer,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, a sheriff’s spokesman.
On some days, Egnor had more than a dozen posts during work hours, which Spurlock said violates the county policy that says work computers are for performance of official job duties.
Although the allegations are not criminal in nature, the Sheriff’s Office does not condone expressing personal opinions in public forums when the employee is working and using office equipment, said Hanavan.