An IRS agent charged with aggravated rape and other charges for an alleged attack on an intern in his office last year was released on personal recognizance today but ordered to stay away from the woman and not leave Massachusetts, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
James Clarke, 44, was formally charged with aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery, strangulation and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for an attack on July 26, 2017, which came after the student intern accepted his offer to get a drink after work, the DA's office says. Prosecutors had asked for bail of $10,000.
[Assistant District Attorney Ian] Polumbaum told the court that Clarke spent several hours with the victim at a downtown bar. Later, when the victim was intoxicated, he offered to drive her to South Station to catch a train home.
While parked in his IRS-issued vehicle in the Government Center garage, Polumbaum said, Clarke handcuffed the woman - initially under the guise of showing her what it was like given her interest in law enforcement work. Polumbaum told the court that Clarke groped the woman, placed his service weapon in her throat, and subjected her to sexual contact against her will. Polumbaum said an additional assaultive act occurred in the car outside South Station after Clarke had driven the victim there.