IRS Agent Indicted Strangled Raped Intern in Govt Car
An Internal Revenue Service agent, who was allowed to remain on the job for months despite allegations of sexually assaulting a summer intern, was charged Wednesday with raping and strangling the woman in his government-issued car.
James R. Clarke, an agent in the IRS’s criminal investigations office in Boston, allegedly handcuffed and assaulted the 21-year-old college student at gunpoint in July, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Indictments charge Clarke with aggravated rape, rape, strangulation, indecent assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was not arrested but was ordered to appear in Suffolk Superior Court for arraignment on April 5.
Clarke has continued to work for the federal agency since the woman called 911 and accused him of placing a gun in her mouth and assaulting her, according to a person with knowledge of his work status.
The IRS declined to comment Wednesday on whether Clarke has been placed on leave since the indictments.
Despite allegations by an intern, a special agent in the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation office in Boston has not been charged with any crimes.
The Globe first reported on the alleged assault in November, noting that Clarke had not been arrested and was allowed to continue working at the IRS despite an ongoing investigation.
The young woman, who was not identified in documents, worked for the IRS as an unpaid intern and investigative analyst, assisting agents working on criminal investigations.
Clarke, who turns 44 on Thursday, allegedly invited her for drinks after work on July 26. They met at the Kinsale, an Irish pub at Center Plaza, across the street from the IRS offices in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, several people familiar with the investigation told the Globe in November.
The indictments allege that Clarke offered the woman a ride to the train station, then handcuffed her while parked in his IRS-owned car in the Government Center Garage in Boston. He allegedly assaulted her with his government-issued handgun and “subjected her to sexual acts against her will,” according to the DA’s office.
The agent drove her to South Station and allegedly assaulted her again inside the car, according to authorities.
“She called police immediately afterward and was treated at a hospital,” according to District Attorney Daniel Conley’s office.
Attorney Michael Doolin, who represents Clarke, said the agent “adamantly denies these allegations.Read More...