WASHINGTON — A former CIA station chief who allegedly raped an unconscious Algerian woman pleaded guilty Monday to abusive sexual contact and unlawful use of cocaine while possessing a firearm.
The Justice Department says 42-year-old Andrew Warren faces up to 10 years in prison.
Warren had been assigned to Algiers by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2007.
Had he been convicted of the rape charge for which he had originally been indicted, Warren could have faced up to life in prison. He will be sentenced on the two lesser charges Sept. 9.
In court, Warren admitted that on Feb. 17, 2008, he committed abusive sexual contact while on U.S. embassy property in Algiers.
In 2008, two Algerian women said Warren had sexually assaulted them while at his home in Algiers, according to papers filed in federal court by a State Department investigator.
One of the Algerian women claimed that she was drinking at a party at Warren's home when something made her ill and she passed out, according to the State Department investigation. She awoke believing she had had intercourse, but with no memory of having done so.
The second crime to which Warren pleaded guilty stemmed from his arrest in Norfolk, Va., in April after he failed to appear at a court hearing in the case in Washington, D.C. He admitted that he had unlawfully used cocaine while in possession of a 9 mm pistol.