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Lobbyist arrested for sexual assault in Fairfax County

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Sloan Rappoport (Fairfax County Police Department) Sloan Rappoport (Fairfax County Police Department)
Surveillance image of the suspect inside the Ross store (Fairfax County Police Department) Surveillance image of the suspect inside the Ross store (Fairfax County Police Department)
Surveillance image of the suspect inside the Ross store (Fairfax County Police Department) Surveillance image of the suspect inside the Ross store (Fairfax County Police Department)
FAIRFAX, Va. -

A lobbyist and former official in the George W. Bush administration is facing serious charges.

Sloan Rappoport works at the Downey McGrath Group, one of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington D.C. Fairfax County police say the former government official surrendered to police and is now charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a car after offering her a ride near Bailey's Crossroads.

Lucy Caldwell of the Fairfax County Police Department says it happened on January 31 at a Ross clothing store.

Investigators put out these security pictures of their suspect. Police say Rappoport started talking with a 28-year-old Spanish-speaking woman, and as she left the store, police say Rappoport offered her a ride in his Mercedes-Benz.

"She did get in the vehicle, however, then the doors were locked, and then she states that's when the sexual assault occurred," Caldwell says.

Rappoport is charged with abduction, sexual battery and obscene display.

His bio on Downey McGrath Group’s website has been taken down. But it boasted a long list of powerful posts like legal counsel in the House and Senate, the Department of Commerce and presidential campaigns.

Fairfax County police say they are checking to see if the assault at the Ross store fits any other assaults in the area, and they are asking the public to take a good look at Rappoport’s picture.

"If they feel they have information relative to the suspect and they would like detectives to know, detectives want to hear from them,” says Caldwell.

Rappoport, who lives in Arlington County, is facing a June court date on the charges in Fairfax County.

Calls from FOX 5 to the Downey McGrath Group were not answered on Wednesday.

It is unclear what Rappoport’s status with his employer is currently.


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