Chief: Fairfax Co. Fire misconduct investigator placed on leave for online posts

WASHINGTON — The man in charge of investigating accusations of misconduct in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is now under investigation himself.

Guy Morgan, who heads the department’s office of Professional Standards, was placed on administrative leave Thursday. Fairfax County spokesman Tony Castrilli tells WTOP Morgan is being investigated for “conduct unbecoming” of that job title.

Battalion Chief Willie Bailey says the move follows internal complaints about content on Morgan’s personal Facebook page. According to USA9, Morgan’s page had a smattering of “lewd” and inappropriate posts. “Some of them are so inappropriate that we couldn’t show them on TV.  A six-foot penis made of snow and half-naked women are two examples of the content posted to that page,” according to the station’s report.

“In a lawsuit filed by female firefighter Magaly Hernandez against the department last week, Morgan is accused of conducting an “inept investigation.”

Hernandez says she was sexually harassed by her supervisor and claims that after she complained she was punished instead of the supervisor.

The harassment suit comes just a month after Fairfax County female firefighter, Nicole Mittendorff, killed herself. An investigation is underway to determine if the cyber bullying she received played a role in her death.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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