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Letter: Ex-NIST officer charged with making meth had history

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former federal police officer who admitted to trying to make methamphetamine at the National Institue of Standards and Technology had a history of alleged sexual relations and other instances of misconduct, according to a letter from the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. 

In the letter, the committee alleges that Christopher Bartley had sexual relations with other NIST employees on agency property, and in vehicles owned by the government, while on official duty. The letter also says NIST officials were aware of Bartley's conduct but did not take action against him, and named him interim chief of police despite his history.

Bartley, 41, pleaded guilty in August to trying to manufacture the drug at the facility. He was apprehended after an explosion at the lab on July 18 that caused some windows in a lab to be blown out. Bartley will be sentenced on November 19 and faces up to 20 years in prison.

The explosion prompted an oversight by the science committee, which uncovered the information about Bartley and NIST Police Services.

Documents obtained by the committee also suggest fraud on Bartley's time sheets. In one example, Bartley reportedly put in for 84 hours of overtime during a two-week shift. That would mean that Bartley worked an average of 16 hours a day for seven days a week during that stretch.

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