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Former Department of Commerce official accused of sexual assault

March 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

FAIRFAX, Va., March 20 (UPI) -- A man who worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce under former President George W. Bush has been arrested on sexual assault charges, officials said.

Sloan Wilson Rappoport, 44, of Arlington, Va., was arrested Tuesday in Fairfax, Va., and charged with abduction, sexual battery and obscene display, CBS News reported.

Police said Rappoport, who served in senior positions in the Commerce Department, approached a 28-year-old woman at a store Jan. 31. As she was leaving, Rappoport pulled up in his vehicle and asked her to get in, police said. Once she got in, Rappoport allegedly locked the doors and drove to another location where he sexually assaulted the woman, police said.

The woman managed to escape and fled, police said.

Along with working at the Department of Commerce, Rappoport worked for Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other Republican lawmakers, as well as for the Downey McGrath Group as a lobbyist in Washington.

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