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Hernando school district never talked to CFO about racy blog

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BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District received an anonymous tip earlier this school year that chief financial officer Desiree Henegar had posted a photo of a new tattoo to a questionable blog.

The district looked into it, but didn't find a problem, superintendent Bryan Blavatt said Thursday.

But during the investigation, they never talked to her.

Blavatt said perhaps someone from the district should have talked to Henegar about the Tumblr account, where she posted under the pseudonym Floridagirl46, asking if she was responsible for its content.

"But we didn't," he said.

They didn't look into it further and didn't have an obligation to do so because, "We didn't have anything that appeared to be inappropriate," he said.

Under the Floridagirl46 pseudonym, Henegar, 47, made numerous sexually explicit posts over a period of several months, including some sent from board meetings, workshops and during work hours. In addition to pornography, some posts heaped scorn on Blavatt and other colleagues.

Henegar on Wednesday admitted the site was hers when asked by the Tampa Bay Times. She said she would delete it, and the account was promptly removed.

The Times then published a story about the blog in Thursday's paper.

Blavatt on Thursday said there will be an investigation.

"We have to conduct an investigation and determine if it violated board policy and ethics," he said. "It's the same process we follow with any complaint of any sort with an employee."

Henegar, who makes $78,800 a year, didn't come to work Thursday, but was still an employee, Blavatt said.

On Thursday, Blavatt examined many of the printouts of posts taken from the blog before it was removed Wednesday morning.

He reacted with a mix of astonishment and surprise.

Blavatt sat quietly as he viewed a sexually explicit image and corresponding caption in which Henegar wrote: "Having inappropriate thoughts during a Board meeting."

Then he spoke up.

"That one's a killer," he said. "That in itself does it. That had to have been sent during the board meeting."

To others, he remarked, "My God" and "I'll tell you what, she was angry."

On another that was apparently critical of him, he said: "I've been relegated to pond scum."

In the blog, Henegar acknowledges its content wasn't safe for work. That didn't stop her from posting a number of inappropriate pictures.

At 12:55 p.m. on Aug. 11, for example, she posted a picture of a man exposing himself. "It's such a distraction, especially in the middle of a meeting when I check my messages and HELLO! there it is,'' she wrote.

On Aug. 14, during a School Board meeting, she posted two pornographic images, including one of a woman masturbating.

Blavatt said Heather Martin, the district's executive director of business services, responded to the anonymous tip earlier this school year, though he could not say exactly when that complaint was made. The tipster didn't have any records.

Martin tried to investigate, but at first couldn't even get onto Tumblr because of filters on the district's Internet. What she was eventually able to see didn't indicate any problems.

Blavatt said Henegar does an "adequate job" as chief financial officer. The district has not been able to provide a copy of her personnel file with the district or any past investigations.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. Tweet him @HernandoTimes.

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