Former embassy official's husband pleads guilty in sex case

WASHINGTON - The husband of a former U.S. Embassy official in Morocco has pleaded guilty to abusing a former household staff member while living in Rabat.

The U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia said Wednesday in a statement that 65-year-old Labib Chammas of Reston, Virginia, has pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct.

Chammas' wife, Judith Chammas, served as deputy chief of mission in Morocco.

In a plea agreement, Chammas acknowledged that from 2010 to 2013, while living in State Department-owned housing, he sexually abused a household staff member. Chammas acknowledged in the plea that he demanded the woman touch his genitals and attempted to force her to perform oral sex.

Chammas' attorney didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. Sentencing was set for Jan. 4, 2017.


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