Federal Air Marshal Charged With Raping Woman in Airport Hotel

A federal air marshal has been charged with raping a female escort at gunpoint in a Seattle airport hotel while wearing his badge, the Seattle Times reported.

Lecheton "Omar" Settles is being held on $250,000 bail on a charge of first-degree rape, accused of using his position as a law enforcement officer to coerce the escort — and of using his government-issued firearm to threaten her, the paper reported.

Settles, 30, was in town from Herndon, Va., on official business but called an escort service to his Marriot Hotel room Friday, initially agreeing to pay the woman $180 to perform a dance in lingerie, according to court documents accessed by the Times.

But when the woman emerged from the the Sea Tac hotel's bathroom, she found Settles naked, wearing only his badge and brandishing his gun, according to the newspaper. Settles claimed to be a U.S. Marshal and told the woman she had to do whatever he ordered.

The court documents state that Settles placed the handgun on the bed while he raped the woman and demanded the return of his $180, placing her in handcuffs and pretending to call his supervisor after the rape, the Times reported.

Settles, who is scheduled to be arraigned April 28, has been fired by the TSA, a spokesman told the paper.

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