ATC agent fired for sending racist, sexual texts

(Photo Provided/Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control)

BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) – An Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) agent has been fired for sending inappropriate text messages and falsifying payroll documents, according to Commissioner Troy Hebert.

The commissioner says veteran ATC agent and supervisor Brette Tingle, of Prairieville, sent “threatening, racial, and sexual text messages,” on his state-issued cell phone.

Hebert provided some examples of the messages investigators found on Tingle’s phone.

The following is an excerpt of a press release from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control:

Former ATC employee: “I hate f****** n******!!!”
Brette Tingle: “Me too!!!”
Brette Tingle: “Scourge of the earth!!!”
Discussing the resignation of an agent of Middle Eastern descent:

Former ATC Agent: “Where is he going?”
Brette Tingle: “Not in law enforcement. Said something spiritual. Probably joining the Jihad.”
Former ATC Agent: “Yikes. Maybe he’ll suicide bomb maniac’s (Commissioner Hebert’s) office”
Brette Tingle: “I’m hoping!!!”
When a former ATC Agent under his command requested sick leave because of her pregnancy, Tingle responded:

Brette Tingle: “Get […] to perform some oral stimulation on you. That always helps […] on a rainy day!…”
Brette Tingle: “I feel you! If I had something attached to my uterus I would pass as well.”
Tingle also referred to two African American agents as a “f****** loser” and a “stupid b****.”


Investigators are sending their findings to Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies to determine if Tingle violated any laws. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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