This story is every bit as insane as the headline suggests.

The Boston Herald reports:

IRS agent guilty of raping drunk college student at gunpoint gets 8 years

A Boston IRS agent convicted last month of sexually assaulting a drunk, handcuffed college student at gunpoint inside his government-owned car will spend the next seven to eight years in prison.

A Suffolk Superior Judge Mitchell Kaplan on Tuesday sentenced James Clarke — a 46-year-old investigator for the Internal Revenue Service — to seven to eight years in state prison to be followed by 10 years of probation.

“Today, the survivor in this case had the opportunity to see her attacker held accountable, handcuffed the way that he handcuffed her, and sent away to prison for his horrific actions,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. “Sexual assault is about power and control. This defendant used every tool available to him — his position as the victim’s supervisor at the IRS, his status as a member of federal law enforcement, and the government-issued vehicle, firearm and handcuffs that he had at his disposal — to exert his power, will, and control over and rape this victim.”

In court on Tuesday, the victim delivered an impact statement ahead of Clarke’s sentencing, saying, “I’ll never truly know whether that gun he forced into my mouth was loaded but the thought that it might have been, the thought that at any moment had he accidentally hit the trigger while it was in my mouth, reminds me each day how thankful I am to be alive and to be here.”…

During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum proved Clarke invited the college student — an unpaid IRS intern — out for drinks on the night of July 26, 2017, then “insisted” he drive her to South Station to catch a train, according to Rollins’ office.

Once at the car, Clarke placed the victim in handcuffs, shoved his IRS-issued service weapon in her mouth and raped her — assaulting her again after driving her to South Station.


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