By Joshua Albert
Today Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane dropped a bombshell that numerous state officials have been involved in years of sexually explicit and misogynistic email exchanges. The list of participants is long, and includes former State Prosecutor Patrick Blessington, who now works for District Attorney Seth Williams.
According to documents obtained by Kane’s office, state employees involved including the head of PA State Police, Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator, a former spokesman for Gov. Corbett, as well as employees within Kane’s office, all sent or received hundreds of dirty messages, videos and photos.
Angela Couloumbis writes for The Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau:
“The videos had titles such as “Cigar,” “Chin strap,” “Golf Ball washer,” “Nascar victory” and “Rocking Horse.” The photographs included naked women and motivational posters with slogans such as “Devotion” and “Willingness” that depicted women performing sexual acts on their male bosses.”
Also, explaining in a statement to press why she decided to release the documents the Attorney Generals office said:
“Attorney General Kane believes it is in the public’s best interest to have a good understanding of how its public servants conduct their business”
The information was obtained during Kane’s investigation into the Corbett administration’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. She also noted that her office is conducting an internal investigation into the revelations after it was reveled current employees may have been involved in the messages.
Patrick Blessington was appointed Chief of Special Investigations by District Attorney Seth Williams in June of 2011 after rising to the ranks of Senior Deputy Attorney General. Interestingly enough, according to a statement released by the District Attorney when Blessington was brought on board, while he was at the States Attorney Generals office:
“Mr. Blessington excelled at long term investigations of corruption matters. The occupations of those whom he has prosecuted to conviction ranges from campaign workers and political consultants, committee persons, and ward leaders, to Township Commissioners, prison wardens, District Justices and a Common Pleas judge, to, most recently, legislative aides and elected members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
Blessington was also involved in the handling of the prosecution of the highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial, Monsignor William Lynn.