- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state employee’s smart-alecky comment on Facebook about being “groped” by prison guards has gotten him fired.

Michael Allred was terminated based on “inappropriate comments made on social media,” according to a statement from Stephen Moyer, secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, on the department’s website.

Allred was employed as a police liaison with the state’s government accountability program. Allred could not immediately be reached for comment.

In the Facebook post, Allred wrote: “Visiting the prisons … haven’t been groped this much since the flight on the honeymoon … and this is just the guards!”

Department spokesman Mark Vernarelli confirmed the post was the reason Allred was fired.

Security has been extra tight in Maryland prisons after a scandal involving smuggled drugs and cellphones in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

“The secretary has the utmost respect for correctional officers and requires all employees to respect the department, their authority, and their peers,” the department said on its website. “He holds employees to the highest professional standards and expects them to act in a professional manner.”

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said in a statement that the union believed Moyer took the right course of action in terminating Allred’s employment.

“AFSCME members believe that Michael Allred’s social media comments were inappropriate and insulting to 7,200 Maryland correctional officers,” AFSME said in a statement.


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