An assistant U.S. attorney found to have sexually assaulted his or her date will not be held accountable by prosecutors.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General reported on Monday that an investigation of a sitting assistant U.S. attorney found that they exposed themself in public and forced their date to touch their genitals.
“The OIG investigation found that the AUSA’s genitals were exposed in public, and that the AUSA forced the civilian’s hand to touch the AUSA’s genitals, in violation of state law and federal regulations governing off-duty conduct. The OIG also found that the AUSA lacked candor in discussing this incident with the OIG,” the inspector general said in a summary of the investigation.
“Criminal prosecution of the AUSA was declined,” the summary said. The summary noted that its finding is based on a “preponderance of the evidence” standard.
The DOJ inspector general’s office launched the investigation into the unnamed assistant U.S. attorney after receiving information from the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys (EOUSA). The EOUSA alleged that the assistant U.S. attorney “had exposed the AUSA’s genitals while in a public place and had sexually assaulted a civilian while on a date.”
In another investigative summary released on Monday, the DOJ inspector general said that an unnamed assistant U.S. attorney abused their position after being stopped by police while driving “under the influence of alcohol.”
“The OIG investigation found that the AUSA had engaged in misuse of position when referring to the AUSA’s title in an attempt to influence local police officers during a traffic stop. The OIG investigation also found that the AUSA engaged in conduct that was prejudicial to the government, including ignoring instructions, cursing at officers, and kicking the door of the patrol vehicle, in violation of federal ethics regulations,” the summary said.
“The OIG investigation also determined that the AUSA had been driving a personal vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,” it added.