Bush administration official charged with abduction, sex assault

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Fairfax County police say the man in this photo pulled up to a woman in a silver-colored Mercedes, asked her if she needed a ride, then drove her to a location where she was sexually assaulted. Police have identified the man as 44-year-old Sloan Rappoport, a lobbyist and former Bush administration official.

A Washington lobbyist and former Bush administration official has been charged with the abduction and sexual assault of a woman he met at Bailey’s Crossroads.

Forty-four-year-old Sloan Wilson Rappoport was identified after Fairfax County Police released surveillance video photo of a man who they say picked up a woman in his luxury car and sexually assaulted her.

Sloan Rappoport

Sloan Rappoport

Police received a series of tips based on the photo, and arrested Rappoport on Tuesday. He is charged with abduction, sexually battery and obscene display.

Rappoport is a lobbyist and former senior advisor to ex-Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. He lists himself as a vice president at Downey McGrath Group, a government relations firm.

On Jan. 31, police said, Rappoport approached a 28-year-old woman at the Ross store at Bailey’s Crossroads and spoke to her in Spanish. He was very friendly and sharply dressed.

As she left the store, Rappoport pulled up in his silver-colored Mercedes, asked her to get in and she did. He locked the doors, drove to a location nearby and sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman escaped and fled.

His lawyer, Rodney G. Leffler, told The Washington Post that the encounter appears to be “a major misunderstanding.”

Police obtained surveillance video from the store that they distributed to the media as one of two sex assaults in the Bailey’s Crossing area. Police do not believe Rappoport was involved in the other assault.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact detectives at (703) 246-7800.

  • dapandico

    Typical media “Bush administration official…”. If he was a “Clinton administration official” it wouldn’t have made the news or been reported.