PHOENIX - A state official claims he was only joking but a legislator wants to know more about the official's MySpace.com page that described him as a "wild debaucher" who volunteered to help children only to indoctrinate them in lawlessness.
"It's exactly the opposite of me as a person," Dennis Seavers, executive director of the state fingerprinting board, said Monday. "If I had known that the public would see it, I never would have done it."
The board is a small executive-branch agency that considers appeals from prospective teachers and others required to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks.
Sen. Linda Gray, a Glendale Republican who works on legislative issues dealing with law enforcement, said she has had dealings with Seavers.
Gray said she was troubled by his page on the MySpace.com social-networking site and still had questions after speaking with him Monday.
"To me this is a sick joke," Gray said. "I have a concern about what he wrote about himself and whether there needs to be professional evaluation of his behavior because he such a high responsibility as director of the fingerprinting board."
Seavers' MySpace.com web page said he lived "a quiet daytime life as a state employee" but that his friends knew him "as wild debauchery, interested in self-promotion and enrichment. And by enrichment, I mean money. None of this self-esteem crap. Though afflicted by dipsomania, I stroll through crowds under the guise of sobriety. I volunteer as a Big Brother, only to indoctrinate children in the gothic splendors of lawlessness."
Brian Hassett, president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, did not immediately return a call for comment.
The page also contained passages purportedly related to Seavers' mother and father, but he said during a telephone interview that those passages also were fictional attempts at jokes intended solely for friends and that he didn't realize they were accessible to the public.
Seavers said he rarely drinks, is not a Big Brothers volunteer and has never committed a crime. "I have no issues with any drugs and alcohol," he said.
Gray said she was not calling for Seavers to step down "but I think we do need to investigate it a little more."
Jeanine L'Ecuyer, a spokeswoman for Gov. Janet Napolitano, said she was unaware of Seavers' MySpace.com page and had no immediate comment.
Seavers said Monday he had canceled his MySpace.com account but a private version of his page could still be found late Monday.
On the Net:
Arizona Board of Fingerprinting: http://www.azbof.gov/