A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the husband of the former Deputy Chief of Mission in Rabat, Morocco, to 30 months in prison for sexually abusing a former household staff member from 2010 to 2013, according to officials.
Labib Chammas, 65, of Reston, Virginia, pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct.
Judge Christopher Cooper also sentenced Chammas to a five-year term of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $15,000 fine. Chammas is required to register as a sex offender for a period of 15 years.
In pleading guilty, Chammas admitted that between August 2010 and February 2013, while living in State Department-owned housing in Rabat, he sexually abused a woman who had worked at the residence for 16 years.
According to the plea agreement, Chammas supervised the staff at the residence and repeatedly threatened to fire staff members.
Out of fear that she would lose her job, the victim complied with Chammas’s requests that she massage his legs, hip and back, and then with his subsequent demands that she “massage” his genitalia.
On at least five occasions, Chammas took the victim by her head or hair and attempted to force her to perform oral sex.
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