An Internal Revenue Service agent on Thursday was accused of a host of charges, including aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, after prosecutors say he gave alcohol to a 21-year-old intern, handcuffed her in his car and shoved “his service weapon deep into her mouth,” the Boston Globe reports.
James R. Clarke, an agent for the IRS criminal investigations office in Boston, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court and released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty to a July 26, 2017 encounter with a former intern.
Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Ian Columbium said Clarke met up with an unnamed intern for drinks, during which he bought “enough drinks to intoxicate her” before walking to the agent’s government-issued vehicle.
After getting to his car, prosecutors say Clarke purported to handcuff her to “[show] her what it was like due to her interest in law enforcement.” While she was handcuffed, authorities say Clarke groped her and shoved his “service weapon deep into her mouth,” before raping her.
Prosecutors say while he raped the woman, Clarke told her “she liked pain.”
As the Globe reports, the woman said “she did not protest or resist due to fear from Clarke’s use of the handcuffs and the gun.”
Clarke maintains the act was “consensual.”
According to the Globe, Clarke remained employed by the IRS during the investigation of the incident. Since his indictment, the agency has refused to comment on Clarke’s employment status, but promised to take “appropriate disciplinary action” if the facts are substantiated.
“The IRS cannot comment on specifics involving these serious and disturbing allegations,” the IRS said in a statement. “The IRS holds our employees to high standards, and we do not tolerate inappropriate behavior. The IRS treats allegations of employee misconduct seriously, and we work cooperatively with local law-enforcement authorities and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration whenever questions arise.”