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US Attorney Resigns After Sexually Harassing Office Lover

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Ethan Barton Managing Editor

A U.S. attorney sexually harassed an ex-lover and former subordinate, then tried hiding the deed from federal investigators, a government watchdog reported Tuesday.

The unnamed U.S. attorney resigned during the investigation and was not prosecuted, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) reported. The lovers’ genders weren’t identified. (RELATED: Porn, Prostitution And Bribes: 8 Times The DOJ Let Bad Bureaucrats Off The Hook)

Investigators “found that the U.S. attorney had been engaged in an intimate personal relationship with the [assistant U.S. attorney] for more than one year,” the report said. “The relationship, and the multiple harassing communications the U.S. attorney sent to the [assistant U.S. attorney] after their intimate relationship ended, violated laws and regulations against sexual harassment.”

The U.S. attorney then lied about the relationship when first confronted by investigators and then violated orders “not to have any contact with the” assistant “and attempted to influence or impede” the IG’s investigation by telling the ex-lover not to speak with investigators.

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