Air marshal from Va. accused of raping paid escort at hotel

By Seattle Times
Thursday, April 22, 2010

SEATTLE -- A federal air marshal from Herndon has been accused of raping an escort at gunpoint in a Seattle area hotel while wearing his badge.

Lecheton "Omar" Settles, 30, is being held in the King County jail on $250,000 bail on a charge of first-degree rape. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Settles called an escort service Friday from his room at an airport hotel, police and prosecutors said.

The woman agreed to dance in lingerie for $180, according to charging documents, but when she emerged from the bathroom, Settles was naked. He wore his badge around his neck and was holding a handgun, authorities said.

According to charging documents, Settles told the woman that he was a U.S. marshal and that she had to do what he told her. Court documents say Settles also placed the woman in handcuffs and pretended to call his supervisor after the rape.

Settles is not a member of the U.S. Marshals Service, the documents state, but is a federal air marshal employed by the Transportation Security Administration, which provides security for airports and airlines.

According to court documents, Settles first denied having sexual contact with the woman, but changed his account after he was told that she had accurately described his body.

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