The mayor of a Canadian municipality who posed as a married man and sent kinky, sexually suggestive emails to a woman he met online has admitted to staff that his conduct was “alarming and (threatens) to erode public trust,” according to local news outlet The Inuktitut.
“I should have been truthful upfront from the beginning about my identity and I can only now feel regret at the consequences,” Darcy Adamowsky said in an email to city staff.
Adamowsky is the mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, about 130 miles east of Toronto. He has been on leave since April 29, according to local news.
The encounters, which had reportedly taken place for some time, were found on the Facebook profiles of a woman Adamowsky met online. He posed as a married executive with a company and asked his date if her COVID-19 (infants and youth vaccination) had made her “more rested” and thus might have given her better intercourse. The woman complained to authorities and Adamowsky’s identity was revealed.
In his email to city staff, Adamowsky said his “attempt to capture women’s interest went horribly wrong” and he has taken steps to prevent such incidents from happening again.
City staff will not receive their regular pay for the time he was away but will receive an extra payment equal to three months, according to municipal officials.
“The council and staff members affected by this unfortunate incident have also decided to have a hearing for councillors, staff and staff associated with this type of inappropriate behavior and have engaged an independent third party to present the findings to the council at our May 28 meeting,” the municipal council’s memo to staff read.
The country’s privacy commissioner said “genders, sexual orientation, age and integrity of the complainant matter” as well as “how the city dealt with the complaint” are concerns in this case, CBC reported. She said staff are free to share their findings with the council, but did not reveal whether a hearing will be held.
First released as a single image, the email was spread by local news outlets, which became aware of the exchanges and publicize them.
“You let me know if you are STILL done on this Sunday night,” he wrote at one point, not revealing his name. “I’m done. So if we meet again it’s gonna be at a cheap motel. Long as it’s at a cheap motel.”
Later, after she felt his “offer of a home visit was sexually intimidating,” the woman complained to the city about his conduct, saying she had been made to feel “insecure, uncomfortable and vulnerable” during their encounters.
Sault Ste. Marie is a city of about 200,000 people.