People.com reports that an IRS agent is now facing felony charges for allegedly raping and choking a 21-year-old intern who worked at his office last summer. James Clarke, 44, was allowed to remain at his position with the IRS for months after the incident last July, according to the Boston Globe. His current employment status is unclear, and the IRS did not return calls for comment.
Official charges against Clarke include aggravated rape, rape, indecent assault and battery, strangulation, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, says People. The incident occurred on July 26, 2017.
Court records state that Clarke allegedly asked the college student to have drinks with him after work, then asked if he could drive her to catch a train. Next, he allegedly handcuffed her in his IRS-owned vehicle in the Government Center garage and assaulted her with his service firearm, subjecting her to sexual acts that were not consentual.
Clarke then allegedly assaulted her again once they reached the train station. The victim immediately called police and went to the hospital for treatment.
The Globe uncovered audio footage of 911 dispatchers telling officers the girl said that Clarke assaulted her while putting his gun in her mouth.
The assault was first reported by the Globe in November.
The victim, although an intern, was not paid for her work in the criminal investigations office in Boston.
Clarke’s attorney, Michael Doolin, told the Globe that he “adamantly denies these allegations.” Doolin could not be reached for comment by People.
Clarke is scheduled for an arraignment on April 5, and has not entered a plea in response to the charges at this time.
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