BREWER – Thomas Morelli has resigned as deputy mayor and is being charged with making a false police report over reportedly racist Facebook posts.
The Brewer Police Department started an investigation on Monday after Morelli claimed his Facebook account was hacked.
“As a citizen of Brewer and Brewer City Councilor I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear that my Facebook account had been ghosted and other accounts had been hacked and used to make racist and negative comments about current events concerning the protest going on around the country,” Morelli said in a statement release on Monday.
Morelli’s statement continued: “I have been equally as upset and concerned about the events that led to the protests. I fully support the protesters who are walking for peace and justice for George Floyd as well as many others in the African American community.”
But on Wednesday, Morelli retracted his statements and admitted he wrote the alleged racist Facebook comments.
“When all was said and done, it was determined that Mr. Morelli had made a serious mistake and we have unanimously accepted his resignation from the Brewer City Council, because his actions are not acceptable to the city of Brewer and particularly as an elected official,” said Brewer Mayor Jerry Goss.
Goss said he was pleased with the investigation.
Brewer Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt said it was a tough situation.
“It’s a tough thing to do,” Moffitt said. “It’s very, very disappointing but we take a strong stance with these sort of things.”
ABC 7 and Fox 22 reached out to Morelli for a comment but have yet to hear back.
Through a statement posted on Facebook Wednesday by the Brewer police, Morelli said he offered his “deepest apologies and heartfelt remorse for any shame” he may have brought to the city, its citizens and other city officials.
In that statement, Morelli said he was “ashamed” of his comments and behavior and accepted full responsibility for what he called “severe failure in judgement.”