Ex-FEMA Spokesman Charged With Sexually Abusing Girl

A Fairfax, Va. man who was once a high-profile Federal Emergency Management Agency official is now jailed in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Former FEMA spokesman James McIntyre, 63, was posted in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Recently unsealed search warrants show he was charged earlier this year with sexually abusing a preteen girl.

McIntyre was charged in late May with three felonies: aggravated sexual battery, animate object penetration and forcible sodomy.

The investigation of McIntyre began after a school counselor reported the alleged abuse to Child Protective Services. Fairfax City police were contacted.

A recently unsealed search warrant reveals that a Fairfax police detective confronted McIntyre with the allegations on April 1.

McIntyre "confessed to sexually abusing the victim on more than one occasion," the detective reported.

At the end of that interview, police seized several of McIntyre's FEMA-issued devices: a BlackBerry, iPad and laptop. They also took his personal iPhone to search for evidence.

"Mr. McIntyre has denied the charges," his lawyer, Robert Jenkins, said.

McIntyre no longer works for the federal agency, spokesman Rafael Lemaitre confirmed. "We won't comment beyond that," he said.

The former federal employee is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 27 for a preliminary hearing.

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