GBI suspends agent who opened Ashley Madison account

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation imposed a three-day suspension on an agent who admitted to using a government email address to create an account on the adultery website Ashley Madison.

The agent, who is single, told investigators that he thought the website was for singles and that he unsubscribed from the service once he realized it was for married people. He closed his account within weeks of signing up, GBI spokesman Scott Dutton said.

“The agent acknowledged his actions were inappropriate and unacceptable to the GBI,” Dutton said. “The agent has been given three days off without pay and a last chance agreement, cautioning him of certain termination for future violations.”

Hackers in August stole records of millions of people who used the website and released the records, and many websites have since downloaded the data to “out” users of the site.

One dump of the data yielded more than 15,000 email addresses hosted by government and military servers, including a few dozen from Georgia governments. Domain addresses for four metro Atlanta governments and the Georgia Department of Transportation were among those found in the lists.

State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon said earlier this month that he was re-evaluating his political future after he admitted he once had an account on the website, which is devoted to extramarital affairs.