Andrew Warren - Criminal Case

Criminal Case

In late 2008, two Algerian women came forward and accused Warren of drugging and raping them while at his home. On February 17, 2008, Warren admitted that he had sexually assaulted one of the woman on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Warren told authorities the sex was consensual. Subsequently, following a search of his Algiers home, investigators found multiple computer drives and data-storage devices, a handbook on the investigation of sexual assaults, and quantities of Xanax and Valium — tranquilizers that government experts claim are commonly used in date-rape assaults.

He was indicted on June 18, 2009, by a grand jury of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of sexual abuse and was arraigned on June 30, 2009. He was investigated by the Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service and prosecuted by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Domestic Security Section. Warren was arrested April 26, 2010 in Norfolk, after he missed a pretrial appearance earlier in the month. He was in possession of a handgun and drug paraphernalia.

On June 7, 2010, Warren pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and unlawful use of cocaine while possessing a firearm. Had he been convicted of the rape charge, for which he had originally been indicted, Warren could have faced up to life in prison. On March 3, 2011, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle sentenced Warren to serve 65 months. The judge added almost two years to the sentence that prosecutors had originally requested citing the rationale that it appeared that Warren believed he would get away with the offense because of diplomatic immunity as well as the victim's fear of reporting the crime.

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