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Department of Homeland Security ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr’s resignation Saturday amid allegations of lewd and overtly sexual conduct towards male personnel couldn’t have come at a worse time for DHS, the agency that’s already been receiving more than its fair share of attention concerning the numerous cataloged defective crimes of their employees.

Barr, who was first named in a complaint directed at DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, placed herself on voluntary leave two weeks ago pending the outcome of a review by Homeland Security’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility, investigating allegations that Barr created and encouraged a “frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.”

The first complaint, filed by the head of the New York office for ICE James T. Hayes Jr., maintains discrimination and retaliation at the hands of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who supposedly hired Dora Schriro to incrementally take over Hayes’ position because of a “long standing relationship” Schriro had “with the Secretary.” The affidavit summarizes that Hayes “was being replaced in his duties because of this relationship and because he was not female.”

Hayes’ complaint (.pdf) describes the various instances in which male employees were objectified. His affidavit alleges that “Barr moved the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including name plates, computers, and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters.”

Hayes’ affidavit spells out another instance in which “Barr covertly took an ICE blackberry device assigned to a male Special Agent in Charge and sent a Blackberry Messenger message to his female supervisor indicating that the male employee had a crush on the female supervisor and fantasized about her.”

Male employees that would “play along with her sexually charged games,” including the three who were relocated to the lavatory, were then “promoted or otherwise rewarded.”

The affidavit goes on to recall an occasion in which Barr phoned a male employee in his hotel room screaming that she wanted “his [expletive] in the back of [her] throat.”

Hayes’ complaint encouraged at least two others to step forward and recount their own experiences of sexual harassment.