A former member of the CIA’s Latin American operations group resigned over alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault of women by a former colleague
An ex-CIA officer accused of sexual misconduct with a woman in his Latin American unit was dismissed from his position as a special agent, according to the agency’s inspector general.
John DeCamp, who joined the agency in 1996, resigned in June, the IG said in a letter Friday.
The IG did not say what happened with DeCamp’s sexual misconduct complaint, which was filed in October.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the CIA said DeCamp “was dismissed from the Agency in July 2017 after he was found to have made inappropriate and unwelcome sexual advances toward several women.
The misconduct took place while he was an active member of our operations team.
He was terminated for the actions he took and the resulting culture of harassment and retaliation.
DeCamp was charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one count each of obstruction, lying to a congressional committee and sexual misconduct.
The FBI has also opened an investigation into the matter.
In an interview with the AP last year, DeCamp said he was fired after the FBI contacted him in March 2017 and said they were looking into allegations that he had inappropriately approached women in his unit.
The woman, who was not identified by name, told investigators that in May 2016, DeCam had told her he was going to meet her in her home and then, in July, at a hotel, that she wanted to meet him at a local diner, according the IG letter.
DeCamp, according a statement from the CIA, also admitted that he made inappropriate sexual advances to the woman and “that he had engaged in several inappropriate interactions with the woman” after the incident.
He also said he “would have known” that his actions would be viewed as inappropriate by others and that he regretted his actions.
In the letter to the IG, the agency said it did not know if the woman was the same woman who made the complaints.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
DeCaros allegations came after a series of sexual harassment accusations against the CIA that have made headlines.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee launched an investigation, including an inquiry into allegations of sexual assault and harassment by senior intelligence officers, including DeCamp.
In May, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence called for a congressional investigation into DeCamp and the CIA after he reportedly sexually harassed a woman during a meeting in the Capitol.
The committee also called for the resignation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as well as the resignation from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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