Thursday, April 22, 2010

Official Business

This story is going to give the Federal Air Marshalls a bad name.

A federal air marshal is being held in jail on $250,000 bail on a charge he raped an escort at gunpoint in a SeaTac hotel while wearing his badge.

According to documents charging Lecheton "Omar" Settles, 30, of Herndon, Va., with first-degree rape, he threatened to use his position as a law-enforcement officer and his government-issued firearm to commit the rape.

Police and prosecutors say that Settles, who was in town for official business, called an escort service on Friday from his room at the Marriott.

When a female escort arrived, Settles was dressed, court documents say. The woman agreed to dance in lingerie for $180, according to charging documents.

When she emerged from the bathroom, however, Settles was naked. He wore his badge around his neck and was holding a handgun, police and prosecutors said.

According to charging documents, Settles told the woman he was a U.S. marshal and that she had to do what he told her.

Settles is not a member of the U.S. Marshals Service, the documents state, but is a federal air marshal employed by the Transportation Security Administration, which provides security for airports and airlines.

Court documents say that Settles placed the handgun on the bed while he raped the woman and then demanded that she return the money he'd already paid her.
Not only did he have to pay for it but he couldn't afford it. What a loser. Well at least he had a Federal Job. Figures.

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