VA Inspector resigned after publicly masturbating in view of school teachers


A former top watchdog at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs was caught masturbating on the job, in ‘full view’ of a group of teachers, who were attending a work conference in our nation’s capital.

A recently disclosed Dept. of the Interior Inspector General report – obtained last week by the Daily Caller News Foundation – says Jon Wooditch resigned after being caught publicly masturbating.

Wooditch was in charge of overseeing waste and fraud cases at the troubled federal agency in the early 2000’s.  It was during his tenure as deputy inspector general that the VA IG first uncovered dozens of clues in the now famous VA wait-list scandal.  The story made headlines in 2013, and Congress continues to investigate to this day.

It appears though that Wooditch had his “hands full” with other matters.

In 2003, he was caught with porn on his work computer, but was only ordered to undergo some counseling. Not long after that, he was promoted to the top job, which he held for about six months. VA IG spokesman Cathy Gromek said she was surprised by his promotion, after the porn incident, because he was a member of an elite team which “required holding people accountable for performance and conduct.”

Teachers attending a conference in the summer of ’08 — at a hotel next to the IG’s D.C. headquarters– noticed a man looking at them and “masturbating across the alley.” They said he did this “repeatedly” during their week-long stay. One of the teachers described Wooditch’s behavior as being “progressive.” At first, she said he would rub himself over the top of his clothes.  Later in the week, he started to “disrobe and fondle his penis.”

He would reportedly conduct masturbation sessions inside the VA-OIG “all-glass” conference room. Several of the women alerted hotel security.  A staff member with the VA IG office took the alert to senior management — Wooditch himself .

Strangely enough, Wooditch assigned an investigative unit to the case, perhaps thinking that

the IG apparatus would not pursue the matter. When surveillance video pointed to him, the Department of Interior IG took over the investigation.

Wooditch “vehemently” denied any wrongdoing and called the witnesses “mistaken.” He claimed he didn’t remember even being in there. Wooditch refused to take a lie detector test stating at the time: ‘I don’t trust the machines.’

It was an incident, however, that occurred in Wooditch’s hometown of  LeMoyne, Pa. in 2006, which seems to have led to his ultimate downfall.

A next-door neighbor of Wooditch, whom he reportedly tried to hit on while she was mourning her dead husband, made similar claims to those of the teachers in DC.

A couple days after she denied his romantic advances, the neighbor says Wooditch started posing nude and masturbating in front of a window “that was only viewable from her house,” according to the report.

The woman, however, never filed a formal complaint. It was when Wooditch was later confronted about that incident that he turned in his retirement paperwork. Wooditch denied everything when reached at home by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“I don’t have any comment at all. I didn’t resign, I just retired. I don’t even know what you’re talking about. I’ve never heard that, I’ve never done that.”

More than two years ago, a Daily Caller reporter attempted to get a hold of the IG report, through a FOIA request, but federal officials apparently stalled on its release.

Wooditch retired with a federal pension without ever facing administrative discipline or criminal charges.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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