A former George W. Bush administration official and lobbyist has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met at a Bailey’s Crossroads clothing store, according to Fairfax County police and public records.

Sloan Wilson Rappoport, 44, of Arlington, was arrested Tuesday after meeting with authorities. The adviser to then-Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans approached a 28-year-old woman and struck up a friendly conversation with her in Spanish at a Ross in the 5800 block of Crossroads Center Way on Jan. 31, police said.

As the woman was leaving the store, Rappoport pulled up next to her in his silver-colored Mercedes-Benz and asked her to get in, police said. Rappoport then locked the doors, drove to a nearby location and sexually assaulted her, police said. The victim escaped and fled.

Rappoport has been charged with abduction, sexual battery and obscene display. Police said a series of tips led them to the arrest.

“This seems to be a major misunderstanding,” said Rodney G. Leffler, Rappoport’s attorney.

Sloan W. Rappoport (Fairfax County Police)

Leffler declined to elaborate.

The Web site of the D.C.-based government relations firm the Downey McGrath Group lists Rappoport as a vice president and says he advises clients on a range of federal government and public policy issues, including the Affordable Care and Dodd-Frank acts.

Before joining the firm, his biography says he served as a senior policy adviser to Evans. He was also the majority counsel for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation working on behalf of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and then-Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine).

Calls to Downey McGrath were not immediately returned.

Detectives would like anyone with additional information about this case to contact them at 703-246-7800.

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