EXCLUSIVE: FBI employee charged with rape, battery against Atlanta woman

Christopher T. Paul has been charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery. Paul is a Miami-based member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police say Paul went out for drinks with a friend while he was in Atlanta. The woman blacked out and awoke to Paul touching her. Atlanta police issued a warrant for the FBI employee's arrest. Paul was taken in to custody at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Atlanta police have charged a Miami-based FBI employee with rape and aggravated sexual battery, according to both law enforcement agencies.

Christopher T. Paul, of Coral Springs, Fla., went out for drinks with a longtime friend while visiting Atlanta in late February, a police report states. The friend, whose name was not released, told police she blacked out while drinking, but remembered waking up to Paul touching her.

The woman then had sex with Paul, she told police, out of fear for her safety. She received medical care following the assault, the report states. The woman reported the crime on Feb. 28, six days after the alleged incident.

Atlanta police issued a warrant for Paul’s arrest. He was taken into custody last week at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport when he arrived for a flight, according to a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Paul was held in Jefferson Parish until early Tuesday, when he was returned to Atlanta and booked into the Fulton County jail. He was being held without bond late Tuesday.

The FBI declined to discuss specifics of the case against Paul, but released a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"The FBI takes all allegations of employee misconduct seriously. We are aware of the recent arrest of a FBI employee and are cooperating with the Atlanta Police Department,” an FBI spokesperson said. “This matter has been referred to the FBI Inspection Division, Internal Affairs Section in Washington, DC, as well as the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General.

“Because this is an ongoing matter, we will not comment further,” the statement said.

The FBI declined to release information on Paul’s job. An operator at the Miami office confirmed Paul was employed there.

Attempts to locate a lawyer for Paul were not immediately successful.

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