Metro's George Greanias Suspended For Porn Viewing (UPDATED With Sites He Visited)

Here's a tweet you don't expect to see, from KPRC's Mary Benton:

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It's a one-week suspension, she adds. More details, including specifics on which sites, are below. Greanias is not the first person who would come to mind when you think of the CEO of a huge government agency doing something like this, to be sure.

Here's Metro's official statement:

METRO President & CEO George Greanias has been suspended for one week, without pay, effective immediately. This disciplinary action followed a METRO investigation that concluded Mr. Greanias violated company guidelines on the use of electronic communications.

METRO's investigation revealed that while on his personal computer, Mr. Greanias accessed more than one dozen adult oriented sites of a sexual nature through the METRO Internet System. The access violations occurred on 14 days from February 9, 2011 to July 1, 2011.

Normally, the disciplinary action for such a violation is a verbal reprimand. Any subsequent violation could lead to more severe punishment, including termination. METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia has concluded that, as president and CEO, Mr. Greanias must be held to a higher standard, and decided instead of a warning Mr. Greanias would receive a more stringent punishment of one week suspension, without pay.

Mr. Garcia said, "George Greanias has done an excellent job in the past year and three months turning the agency around and improving transit services, morale, and community relations. However, George must be held accountable and the community must have confidence that the New METRO will be open and transparent." METRO's system to investigate this matter worked and there were no attempts to circumvent the procedures put in place to address the violation.

In a letter to employees, Mr Greanias said he made a mistake. As for the punishment,
he said, "I agree with that judgment, and I accept it willingly."

Greanias is scheduled to return to work as president and CEO on Monday, August 8th.

Greanias seems to have been looking for love in all the wrong places. Among the sites he visited on the Metro computer, according to the investigation done by the agency and released today:
rentboy.com
sharethatboy.com
sogayboy.com
Daddysreviews.com
Adultworld.com
hourboy.com
hardcoregaysexxx.com
men4rent.com
maximumescorts.com

"The violation was unintentional," Greanias said in a letter to Metro employees. "I thought I was using my own computer, but was in fact in Metro's system -- but it was a violation all the same. The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature -- to say the least, highly inappropriate, and embarrassing."

He continued, "It pains me beyond measure to cast any cloud on what I regard as one of the most important jobs that needs to be done for our community. I can only hope that when I return on Monday, August 8th, you will give me the chance to prove through my actions that I am the leader you can trust to make sure he successes we've already enjoyed are just the start towards a great future."


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Guest
Guest

"Unacceptable," said METRO Chief Executive Officer George Greanias upon learning of the nightly routine from Local 2 Investigates. "The fact that some employees, based on your news report at least, seem to feel that on duty time is to be spent recreating, when in fact that's not the case, is extremely troubling."

So long Gorgeous George

Shelly
Shelly

Give me a break, he would be fired if he was in a private business.

James Partsch-Galvan
James Partsch-Galvan

Now let's all go see what George Greanias visited while we taxpayers are paying him 1/4 of a million dollars a year salary in addition to perks. This is a disgrace! George needs to resign immediately and all those Metro Board Members should be replaced. The Revolution will galvanize to victory on November 8, 2011 here in Houston. www.mayorgalvan.com

32blackfin
32blackfin

Too funny for words.  His folks must be impressed.

World Financial Group Inc.
World Financial Group Inc.

This should be handeled priately. The public listing of  porno sites and suspension has compromised his ability to lead huge mistake by the Metro board. 

Indiopapa12
Indiopapa12

Mabe Mr Greanias should visit GotToGoBoy.com. He is an embarrassing hypocrite to the Houston Metro agency. He needs to go.  Where is a strong Mayor when needed.

De
De

Oh boy, anything else he may want to put out there while public statements are being made?

Billp44
Billp44

Metro is now a joke. we might have penis shaped busses and free porn on board. Paying a guy 200k a yr to surf is ridiculous.

No Hate
No Hate

Maybe he was just looking to rent boys to clean the buses and trains, people.

And people are now saying "Houston is becoming more like San Francisco"?  You only wish!  Having lived in BOTH places, Houston should aspire to be MORE like SF, not less.  After all, you all come to SF to visit and play, right?  Hmmmm?Maybe Houston can have our old SF Muni Director, who was just canned last month.

And George, my man, next time you are in SF, look me up and we'll talk trash on Houston and sex with women.

Gabacho
Gabacho

METRO is just a cash cow, and vehicle for redistibuting wealth. All communists live for this.

Ridership will NEVER pay for light rail. Funny how Parker won't keep the city safe, yet just gave METRO $20MILLION to build this light rail tunnel. I guess the common bond between her and Greanias; is that they are both former comptrollers and both gay.

Mayor Parker-I'd rather have more cops on the street than another rail.

SneakyPete1962
SneakyPete1962

"Everything done in the dark, EVENTUALLY comes to light."  So sad.  Also, by looking at some of the website listed, if true, he is swinging on both sides of the fence, or at least curious, or maybe just greedy.  I truly hope he has a true spiritually revelation and breaks his desire/need to engage in this destructive behavior.  There is nothing like a dose embarassment to cure some secret vices."

barryhn
barryhn

The comparisons to Pete Townshend are a stretch.  Greanias is a city employee and paid by tax payers, while Townshend is a rock star and has an expected type of life style.  Maybe it's just me but I have higher expectations of my city's employees, *especially* department Presidents/CEOs.  However, if there comes a time when leading city officials are encouraged to be publicaly intoxicated, trash hotel rooms, and such, then I'll gladly hold them to the same "moral" grounds.  In the meantime, not so much.Regarding the sites listed, as most rational people acknowledge, not all porn is created equal.  For example, there's a difference between Playboy (soft-core) and 2 Girls 1 Cup (just a tad raunchy).  It has nothing to do with sexual orientation, which makes no difference to me, but rather what's being advertised.  To put it into perspective, hypothetically say he was browsing the following fictional (at least to my knowledge) heterosexual sites with comparable names:

rentgirl.comsharethatgirl.coms...

If this were the case, rather than just being accused of viewing inappropriate images at work; I'm pretty confident Greanias would be labeled a pedo, who searched for young prostitutes while in a government building, and immediately fired.

Having said that, if fellow Houstonians honestly don't mind paying METRO's President to view these sites in a department attempting to rehabilitate from their already severly tarnished image, more power to them.

Kuei
Kuei

I thought we were supposed to be more accepting of faggots in the work place.

Xmu367
Xmu367

My guess is he was doing research for a book he is writing. The book will be about gay porn. Pete Townsend from the Who was caught with kiddie porn and he got off by saying he was writing a book about the subject. Oh my ! I said Pete got off !

antonio flores
antonio flores

he need to resign the least or better he needs to get fired... if I get caugth doing that at my "private sector job" will be inmediatly terminated he make in excess of $20,000.00/month of houstonian hard earned money!!!

just fire him and trown him in jail or have him deported to Venezuela or Cuba

AL SHARPTON
AL SHARPTON

WHAT A DEMOCRAP! MUCH LIKE OBAMA, ON THE DOWN LOW.TOSS THAT GREEK SALAD, DONKEY!

Chynna30_2000
Chynna30_2000

Disgusting that we pay a huge salary to someone like this to do that on "company" time. My husband recently lost his job, but this smuck still has his job, and our tax dollars are going to pay his salary!

Al
Al

He's interested in boys .... and he lives across the street from a montessori school. For shame.

Globalclas
Globalclas

This is not news. It is gossip. Disappointed in the reporter (whom I like) and the media that covers it.

dgstal
dgstal

Better look out next thing you know Ol' George will be pushing for legal boy love! Look at the sites this prev views!

Kid_a_ok_computer
Kid_a_ok_computer

Jeez - it's not only porn, it's gay/man-boy love porn. Yucko.

EDGAR
EDGAR

IF THE PRESS IS RIGHT AND HE WAS DOING UNDERAGE BOY WATCHING  MAYBE WE SHOULD CALL IT THE PENN STATE TRANSIT AUTHORITY.   EDGAR

Jimmyjoyce
Jimmyjoyce

 SO FUNNY THAT IT IS SAD. AN INCOMPETENT "MAN"  GETTING 230K A YR TO WATCH PORN. iT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING EMPLOYEES.  hOWEVER HE SAID IT WAS UNINTENTIONAL !!!

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

You're still alive?  I heard you died after an unfortunate accident in your donkey show.

Jimmyjoyce
Jimmyjoyce

 a thousands bucks a day and i would bet he has hired fellow surfers in high paying jobs. Metro is a JOKE

De
De

shmuck. not smuck. that's like the name of a jelly...

ec
ec

INTERESTED??? sounds like he was looking to hire them.  I guess KYLEJACK didn't get any funds.

Andrea
Andrea

I didn't look at the sites, so I don't know for certain, but if you are inferring that he is interested in boys (meaning adolescents) because some of the sites have -boy in the name, you are assuming too much. Had he been viewing child pornography, the response would have been much different and I doubt he'd be coming back in a week.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Did you miss the part where Metro released their own investigation, and the part where he confessed? You must not have actually read the story.

malasangre
malasangre

no thanks. didn't ask don't tell

Kylejack
Kylejack

 That doesn't matter at all, except for the illegal prostitution aspect.

Trixie
Trixie

actually it's schmuck

EC
EC

OR YOU ARE IGNORING TOO MUCH. HE HOPES TO COME BACK.  THE BOARD SHOULD FIRE HIM SINCE OTHER METRO EMPLOYEES WERE FIRED FOR GOING ON TO PORN SITES.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Yeah. Gay does not = pervert. If you have a problem with the fact that they were male-oriented sites, that says more about you than it does about him.

Kid_a_ok_computer
Kid_a_ok_computer

I get it, Kylejack. You are a card carrying member of NAMBLA, no?

Globalclas
Globalclas

Read it. An unnecessary investigation. Confess? Took responsibility!  Read carefully.

Dan
Dan

So it DOES matter.

Katy
Katy

He could always do what Pete Townshend did when he got busted for child porn and claim he was "researching for a book."

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Nope.

"Normally, the disciplinary action for such a violation is a verbal reprimand. Any subsequent violation could lead to more severe punishment, including termination. METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia has concluded that, as president and CEO, Mr. Greanias must be held to a higher standard"

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Look, I'm clearly arguing with a brick wall here, but just for the sake of showing you how ridiculous your reasoning is: our mouths weren't designed for sex either, but I don't see any dudes calling BJs "unnatural".

Kid_a_ok_computer
Kid_a_ok_computer

If perversion is a deviance of what is natural, is it not unnatural (and therefore perverted) for the anus to be used as a sexual entryway? Was the anus designed for this? Don't think so. LOL.

EC
EC

Something was released alright. 

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

It would be bigger news if the media found out about this later. They are pre-empting the shitstorm by releasing it themselves, which is also why I think he was so upfront about admitting to it. Smart, actually.

Though I'm not really sure why they provided a list of the sites he visited. That just seems excessive.

And regardless of what they're saying now, I'm not 100% sure he'll be back in a week.

Globalclas
Globalclas

As you continue to read, note that this offense does not normally result in suspension. This should have been handled privately, not publically. Now they have a CEO who will be back in a week and everytime he represents Metro, the audience will be thinking about his porno list, not his transportation plans and accomplishments. The public listing of  porno sites and suspension has compromised his ability to lead. Huge mistake by the Metro board. This is not public information, it it gossip disguised as news.  

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I did. "The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature..." What exactly are you claiming is gossip about this article? When the CEO of a major local organization is suspended, for whatever reason, that's news.

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