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March 17, 2013

Culprit in racial slur painted on ESD walls remains a mystery

Former contractor says he was targeted, while ESD officials have their doubts

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Mottley said he immediately notified Johnson, who told him to document the incident and finish the job.

Mottley said he did so, rebooting the server, and left.

Johnson notified Peden the next morning, who notified ESD operations chief Eric Vinson.

Past issues

Mottley said he had worked with the district for about four years, and the vandalism wasn’t the first time Mottley said he was addressed in racist terms while working for the district.

Several years ago, Mottley made a complaint to then-district administrator Debbie McLemore regarding a volunteer firefighter with the Springtown fire department who, Mottley said, repeatedly called him “boy.”

Though the firefighter indicated it was a joke, Mottley said he found it disrespectful.

After he reported the conduct to McLemore, who said she informed the volunteer’s chief, it didn’t happen again, according to Mottley. However, his relationship with some of the district’s firefighters afterward was not the same, he said.

After he went to prison while working for the district, Mottley’s criminal background became an issue for some, as well.

In 2002, Mottley signed a statement in federal court agreeing that he used his position with a bank in early 2001 to deposit checks from 10 bank accounts into his own, intending to defraud the owners. He was sentenced to five years probation.

Several times the court found he violated the conditions of his probation and, in 2007, sentenced him to a year in prison, court records show.

In 2009, the federal court found he violated his supervised release by operating C3 Computer Corporation without prior approval of his probation officer, submitting incomplete and false monthly reports regarding the business and income, and buying a car without prior approval. The judge sentenced him to seven months in prison.

The ESD board at the time had the issue brought to their attention and chose to continue working with Mottley.

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