.

2 Trumbull IT Heads Quit Amid Porn, Harassment Charges

Matthew Altieri and Matthew Heffern resigned in summer after internal and police investigations, it was learned recently.

Two former Information Technology employees, Matthew Altieri and Matthew Heffern, allegedly harassed each other and town employees before resigning in summer.

Also harassed was the 12-year-old son of an employee, according to an account of events prepared by Chief of Staff Dan Nelson released following a recent Freedom of Information request from Trumbull Patch.

He said Altieri "reached over her child and typed [a link to a pornographic website] in the search box of her son's personal computer," Nelson said. Altieri later reportedly said he didn't hit the enter key and would "pay the bills" if the incident disturbed the youth.

Altieri was allowed to resign with medical coverage though Dec. 31 and Heffern through Oct. 31. Both were hired in 2006 and had positive reviews before the incidents were reported, documents showed.

First Selectman Tim Herbst declined to comment on the matter. Altieri and Heffern could not be reached for comment.

Other incidents of alleged harassment by Altieri included:

  • In June, Altieri told a female employee sexually explicit stories and refused to stop when she asked him to. Later, he tried to show her a sexually explicit YouTube video. The employee said she had not reported the incidents out of "fear of retribution or harm from Mr. Altieri."
  • "She has previously and recently observed Mr. Altieri make statements about 'getting a gun and killing' town employees."
  • Altieri put pornographic screensavers on her computer when she would leave her town computer. He stopped at her request.

The incidents led to a search of Altieri's work hard drive where Trumbull Police found pornography. The threats also led police to seize handguns from Altieri's home. Heffern's work computer was also searched and pornography was found, Nelson reported.

Also, according to Nelson:

  • Altieri said that on March 25, Heffern Berated Altieri at his desk and touched him inappropriately and threatened to assault him.
  • Altieri said Heffern "exhibited unstable and frightening behavior including the appearance of being disoriented, yelling, threatening and invading the personal space of other town employees and touching [Altieri] and other employees in an inappropriate manner."

Heffern also levied charges against Altieri. Nelson determined, among other things, that the two engage in "horseplay" and "mutual misconduct." Both were sent to a sexual harassment seminar, which they completed.

Town Finance Director Maria Pires also reported that Heffern used profanity and raised his voice at her on March 25.

The investigation is closed, Nelson said.

Aaron Leo (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Carol, we just got the info through FOI last week. Thanks for reading Patch.
Cindy Katske October 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Carol, clearly Vincent is desperately hoping to give this story legs by hurling insults in your direction. Let them roll off! He is not worth responding to. Now let's leave this sad story alone.
CTPati October 12, 2011 at 11:57 PM
A lesson that should be learned from this (thanks Aaron!) is that young lives can be ruined--or at least go off-track--by watching PORN! Don't do it! Even IF you think you can control this addictive, dangerous evil by keeping the weakness only in your home, in off-work hours! There are too many sad examples of teachers, coaches and others destroying their futures and abusing or victimizing others because of this evil addiction.
Tom Kelly October 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Hey Vincent--can't you express your opinions without name calling? What kind of a person has to call another "crazy" in order to make a point? Most people don't, although it seems so many who support this administration do. Why so angry? Try to use the intelligence that God gave you to make your points without name calling and perhaps you will surprise yourself and the rest of us as well. Thank you.
Thomas Tesoro October 13, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Actually Carol Hudak is a very accomplished and very intelligent woman who posts her opinions with her own name and stands by them.
Carol Hudak October 14, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Thank you Cindy Katske, Tom Tesoro and Tom Kelly. Yes, CTPati, children's lives can be ruined by adults 'sexualizing' them; porn being one of the ways this is done. It is heinous and it is, unfortunately, epidemic.
vincent October 14, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Hey "Tommy Turncoat" Why can't your cousin Kevin come here and you go to Stratford. And for the record I'm not the only one who calls her that
CTPati October 14, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Agreed on this Carol. This information needs to be public--to warn others who think pornography won't ruin their own lives as well. Sadly, these young men are probably not going to be able to successfully "move on with their lives" until they have overcome their porn addictions. Taking a course in "sexual harassment training" is not going to accomplish that. Addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, or pornography are all horribly destructive and enslaving. The porn addictions probably had something to do with Heffern's "continual tardiness" and other employees complaining of "rudeness, tardiness and incomplete projects and said both had unpredictable personalities. One employee said he had been the object of inappropriate comments and physical contact for the past four years." That quote is from the front page article of the Trumbull Times today. That article also states that re the porn site typed on the 12 yr. old's computer, Altieri "defended the incident by claiming that he had not hit the enter key and that the contents of the site were heterosexual in nature and would therefore not psychologically scar the boy."
J Strouse October 14, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Tom...just when I thought I was about to finally write that I agree with you, you had to go and dump on me by saying "many who support this administration" have to call another person crazy in order to make a point. It's non-stop b/n the so-called "many" and you and other Democrats. Your comment is no better than Vincent's comment... and I am disappointed in both of you. Political nonsense. 24/7. Again and again.
Tom Kelly October 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM
J Strouse, the difference is that I can make my points without calling names. Name calling, bluster, anger, bombast and stating facts incorrectly are characteristics of this administration and their members. Vincent, as for my cousin in Stratford, he's an excellent man who I have obviously known my whole life. He is sensible and pragmatic, and he's a mature leader who uses a respectful tone. I predict that he will be rising in stature on the state level as time goes on, if he so chooses. As for Trumbull, he doesn't need to get involved in local politics here, and I'm quite confident he's smart enough to draw his own conclusions regarding our local GOP.
Carol Hudak October 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM
You're welcome, Aaron. Patch is an important and welcome addition to Trumbull.
Stargazer October 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Mr Kelly Exactly what does the incident from these two men have to do with the administration. From what my husband told me, they were both hired under Mr Baldwin's term. I agree with Mrs Testani, these two have both been punished and the concern should be the victims, the two people involved and their families. Maybe Mr. Kelly you know more than what you're saying,. From what I read you are making an accusation that Mr Herbst promoted the activiites of the men involved,.You don't have to be someone who engages in name calling to be divisive and dangerous Mr Kelly. It is time to let these two men, their families and the victims try to gain some sort of normalcy from what is an incredibly humbling experience - that includes you Mr Kelly Stargazer
Cindy Penkoff October 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I'm sure if there was actual intimidation you would have released the entire voice mail, which you refused to do. Is that because it would not have backed up your claim? One has to wonder about your timing and motive Ms. Hudak and your inability to back up your claims and your love of throwing around accusations against those who are no longer in your favor. The list gets longer and longer every year. Let's see how long Ms. Thornton continues to get your thumbs up.
Cindy Penkoff October 14, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Yes Tom you can but you can't help poking a stick at the administration, as if they have anything to do with vincent’s comments, any time you get the chance. Why was it necessary to throw that in there? Your obsession with this administration is dare I say it "crazy".
Joan October 14, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Apparently not only is Ms. Penkoff an expert on tax law and budgeting, she is also a legal expert. Carol Hudak explained that she did not release the voice mail recording on the advice of her attorney. I'm sure her attorney has heard the voice mail in question. As usual with intimidation, here we have yet another example of a Herbst supporter trying to drag the victim through the mud since they have no other defense. If Ms. Penkoff should be elected to the Board of Ed, would she ignore the advice of attorneys and other experts? Scary thought.
Cindy Penkoff October 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Joan, I believe that if accusations are to be made, proof, if it exist, should be supplied. That to me is not a legal point but a common sense one. There are always going to be incidents of he said she said, but in the case where a VM was left and proves the accusation, well to me that is a no brainer. Maybe my mother just raised me with too much common sense. So glad you have taken such and interest in me though.
Afreedman2011 October 14, 2011 at 03:49 PM
I am glad to see Ms. Penkoff posting again in Patch. Welcome back! I urge all Trumbull voters to read her posts carefully prior to Election Day.
JR October 14, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Stargazer, Are you posting in the right thread? Where in Mr. Kelly's posts does it say what your post describes?
Thomas Tesoro October 14, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Cindy, Mr. Testani said Ms. Thornton has made "promises to unions". I asked for the proof and he seems unable to produce any. So, it is clear that Mr. Testani completely made that up. Seems your OK with that? Not good, not good at all.
trumbulite09 October 14, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Okay - I read this article three times trying to figure out why it's political. Basically two perves worked for the town hall. I who has expressed my disdain for the current FS did not in any means think it was a reflection of him, the Republicans or the town. Just two sick men that needed to leave. So why make it political? Umm because Suzanne Testani started it with her first comment. What are you thinking? Trust me, the First Selectman has done enough legitimate harm to the town without his own party trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. On the record - Tim Herbst is not responsible for the action of the two workers of the Town Hall. Also on the record, the disdain and name calling is disgusting. Come on - we are neighbors - administrations will come and go but we all live in this town together.
Thomas Tesoro October 14, 2011 at 05:52 PM
I rarely agree with Mrs. Testani on any matter but I have never doubted she is a very decent person. Her original response was right on. Why Vincent and Ms. Penkoff decided to chime in is mystifying.
Carol Hudak October 14, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Such anger, Ms. Penkoff! Why doesn't the Herbst family, or you, get a suponea to hear the phone message Mrs. Herbst left on my machine? There are legal ways to hear that tape IF one wants to. I only wish I could stand in Porricelli's parking lot and play it for everyone!!!!!!!!! Nope - no suponea. I'll tell you why: because the Herbst family knows that the transcript of the phone message - printed in last year's TTimes and last Sunday's CT.POST - is verbatim. All the slaps at me will not change this fact. Yet you prefer to slander me and my atty. by your desperate statements about us. I kindly suggest, Ms. Penkoff, that you concentrate your efforts on your long uphill climb for a seat on the BOE. Perhaps you can begin by informing voters why you would be the better candidate over the illustrious Rosemary Seaman. My atty. advised, according to the 'Recorded Conversations' law.
CTPati October 14, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Talk about hijacking a discussion OFF the subject! I can't wait until this election is over! Again, "This information needs to be public--to warn others who think pornography won't ruin their own lives as well [as harm others--especially children!]. "Sadly, these young men are probably not going to be able to successfully 'move on with their lives' until they have overcome their porn addictions. Taking a course in 'sexual harassment training' is not going to accomplish that. Addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, or pornography are all horribly destructive and enslaving."
Tom Kelly October 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Please, stargazer, you know me too well to think I am dangerous and divisive. And you know that's not what I said in my post at all. You know I'm a nice guy, as you saw dog, who I truly loved, was very fond of me, and there is no way any dangerous and divisive person could fool him.
CTPati October 14, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Tom this morning: "Name calling, bluster, anger, bombast and stating facts incorrectly are characteristics of this administration and their members." That is a patently political and "divisive" statement.
Joan October 14, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Gee, vincent calls Carol "crazy," Cindy calls Tom K. "crazy." It seems like that's the M.O. for responding to anyone critical of the Herbst administration these days. At least they're transparent about something!
Tiredof October 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Carol so you claim intimidation...will not prove it...and now demand a subpeana to hear the tape? There is no law suit, there is nothing that you need an attorney for...the bottom line is your claiming something that isn't....the burden of proof falls on you....notthe administration. As far as these two idiots...i think the real questions is how the democrats surpassed all testing and gave them patronage jobs....the two were not qualified and didn't have to take a civil service exam....i am curious if the Dem supporters woudl agree that these two idiots being hired was a stain on the baldwin administration...woudl you agree?
Lisa Labella October 15, 2011 at 01:06 AM
When the Trumbull Times first reported the story of the call from Mrs. Herbst to Ms. Hudak, the story included the letter written by Ms. Hudak's attorney, on letterhead, which included the content of the voicemail. In that article, neither the FS nor his mother denied the content of the voicemail. The story reads, "Mrs. Herbst's comment at the time was, "Deborah Herbst said her actions were no different from what any mother would have done." It then goes on to read, "Deborah Herbst said she would not call Hudak again, but said she would consider legal action of her own if she saw any posts she considered defamatory." This is the second contradiction in comments made by the FS in the CT Post story vs. the reporting of the stories that was done originally in the Trumbull Times.
Tiredof October 15, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Lisa where is there a controdiction? Just curious what your talking about?
Lisa Labella October 15, 2011 at 01:25 AM
The issues and events surrounding the voice mail received by Ms. Hudak were first reported in the Trumbull Times on 8/19/10. There are very marked differences between the comments made in that story by the FS and Mrs. Herbst vs. the more recent reporting in the CT Post. The same is true regarding the reporting of the ouster of Mr. Collins, first reported in the Trumbull Times in Feb. 2010 (where Mr. Herbst took credit for the police officer ejecting Mr. Collins from the TC meeting) recent version, where Mr. Herbst denied having anything to do with the police officer's actions.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »