National Security Agency Hires a Deadbeat Dad!
It was business as usual at the National Security Agency, until Executive Officer Steven W. Grimaud's ex-wife discovered her mysterious ex-husband on the Internet on New Years Day 2007. Grimaud had deserted the couple's seven year old daughter in 1978, and had simply disappeared. He never called, never wrote letters, never sent birthday or Christmas presents, and never picked his daughter up for summer vacations. For all purposes, Grimaud was gone, leaving his former wife to explain the situation to his daughter.
Grimaud sent $100 a month to a local welfare office for the next ten years, then he quit paying. When his former wife told the story of her missing ex-husband to Arizona prosecutors, their only response was "nobody pays $100 a month." Prosecutors were positive that something was very wrong and located Grimaud using the Federal Parent Locator System.
To their shock, Grimaud was living in Prince George's County Maryland and working for the National Security Agency. When prosecutors asked the County child support officers to bring Grimaud into court with his tax returns and salary information, Grimaud asserted a privilege that not every deadbeat dad has at their fingertips. Grimaud stated that his appearance in civil courts would jeopardize the interests of national security.
County child support officers in Maryland dismissed their case against Grimaud, telling Arizona prosecutors that Grimaud could only offer $240 a month, telling them "take it or leave it". They also told Arizona prosecutors never to tell his ex-wife where he worked or how much money he really made. Then the State of Maryland destroyed the file.
Pretty good trick if you can do it. Grimaud found a convenient loophole, escaping his child support obligations forever. Under Federal Law, delinquent fathers are required to fully disclose their salary, benefits, and IRS Tax Returns, so the Court can examine them and make an adequate child support order.
Child support is a Federally mandated order made in the best interests of the child. In this case, Grimaud walked out with an order in his own best interests. An assertion by an officer of the NSA that they are under a claim of privilege, is not exactly correct. In fact, the NSA's own policy on security mandates that NSA employees tell their families where they work.
Grimaud was entirely free to tell his ex-wife where he worked and how much he made. By withholding that information, his ex-wife would never know that he had a Federal job with full Federal benefits for his daughter. Grimaud let his own daughter go without adequate support or health benefits.
Grimaud paid a total of less than $12,000.00 to represent 13 years of child support, and contributed absolutely nothing more to his own child. Grimaud also refused to speak to his daughter or his ex-wife, and had not spoken to either in over 30 years when he was finally discovered by his wife on the Internet.
In a reading of 42 U.S.C. 653, Grimaud's first responsibility was to his own daughter far and above his desire to work at the NSA. His former wife contends that before he ever considered filling out an application to work in the nation's most elite corp of intelligence officers, he should have made sure that his daughter was cared for first.
Although the Department of Defense is supposed to do a thorough and complete background investigation on all applicants to the NSA, not one investigator ever discovered Grimaud's wife and daughter or spoke to them about his past. Grimaud had several re-investigations in his 30 year service career, and no computer check revealed the fact that he was named by Arizona prosecutors. The State of Maryland had already destroyed the file to protect the NSA from further embarrassment that they had employed a deadbeat dad. When Grimaud's former wife asked Secretary of Defense Gates for an explanation, Gates replied that Grimaud didn't work at NSA.
And just when you think the story is over, we discover that Grimaud remarried on the same day as his divorce, and adopted his wife's four children, and supported them with child support monies that should have gone to his own daughter.
In 2003, Grimaud was appointed Director of Operations of the National Virtual Translation Center, a division of Homeland Security. Grimaud is also an Executive Officer of the Department of Defense, and President of the Crofton Maryland Civic Association.
In 2009, Grimaud awarded the Chief of Police of Crofton with the Citizen of the Year Award and maintains leadership positions in Kiwanis International, a nationally recognized children's charity. Photo Ops are available at :
Under Department of Defense Directive 5220.6, under which all applicants for employment in defense intelligence receive their security clearances, it is mandatory that they have a showing of personal and financial responsibility, unless their name is Steven Grimaud.
Grimaud's ex-wife challenges the NSA as an "old boy's club" comprised of hypocrites that eavesdrop on innocent Americans making them prove their loyalty to the United States, but NSA's own cover-up of a deadbeat dad proved that they aren't even loyal to their own children.
Grimaud's ex-wife has asked for a Federal investigation and a check for 13 years of missing support, in arrears.