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IG: Prosecution Was Declined for Senior DOJ Official Who Sexually Assaulted a Subordinate

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 25, 2019 | 4:00 PM EST

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( - A senior Justice Department official working in the Office of Justice Programs pressured one subordinate "into a sexual relationship with him in exchange for a promotion," "sexually harassed two other subordinates," "sexually assaulted" yet another subordinate, and then “lacked candor” with the Office of the Inspector General when the IG investigated these matters, according to an investigative summary published by the IG.
The unnamed prosecutor or prosecutors to whom the IG referred this case, however, declined to prosecute the senior Justice Department official.
Instead, the man was allowed to retire.
When asked by, the Justice Department would not say whether this former senior official is now receiving a federal pension or has been allowed to keep a security clearance.
“The Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation upon the receipt of information alleging that a senior Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) official sexually harassed and retaliated against female subordinates, and abused his authority by coercing female employees in his chain of command to have sex with him,” the IG’s investigative summary said.
“The OIG investigation substantiated that the senior DOJ official (1) sexually harassed one subordinate when he pressured her into a sexual relationship with him in exchange for a promotion,” said the summary, “(2) sexually harassed another subordinate when he made repeated verbal sexual advances to her and ultimately sexually assaulted her; and (3) sexually harassed two other subordinates by engaging in sexually inappropriate conduct toward them.
[The passage above from the IG's investigative summary cites the IG's conclusion that a senior DOJ official "sexually assaulted" a subordinate.]
“The OIG concluded that the senior DOJ official’s actions constituted ethical misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, all in violation of law, federal regulations and DOJ policy,” said the summary, which was released on Dec. 4.
“The OIG further found that the senior DOJ official’s conduct constituted sexual harassment of the subordinate with whom he engaged in a long term relationship,” said the summary. “The senior DOJ official’s and the subordinate’s respective professional positions undermined the consensual nature of their personal relationship.”
The summary said that this senior official in the nation’s top law enforcement agency “lacked candor” when discussing these matters with the OIG.
“The OIG further found that the senior DOJ official lacked candor in his statements to the OIG,” said the summary.
Even though the inspector general concluded that this senior DOJ official’s actions were “in violation of law,” the prosecutor or prosecutors to whom the IG referred the case decided not to prosecute this senior official.
“Criminal prosecution of the senior DOJ official was declined,” the summary said.
“The senior DOJ official retired from his position,” said the summary. asked the Department of Justice the following four questions: 1) To which prosecutor was this case referred? 2) Why did the prosecutor decline to prosecute this senior DOJ official? 3) Is this DOJ official—who, the summary says, “retired”—receiving a federal pension? 4) Was this DOJ official allowed to retain a security clearance after he retired?
The Justice Department indicated it does not comment on investigative referrals that do not result in public charges and that it also does not comment on personnel matters or the security clearances of specific individuals.