- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2011

A former Agriculture Department director was sentenced Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District said.

William Buchanan, 60, of Springfield, pleaded guilty last month. He was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court to 150 days in jail.

Mr. Buchanan, a former agency director of Civil Rights and Community Outreach, admitted that on multiple occasions from January 2010 to January 2011, he sexually assaulted an employee under his direct supervision.

Mr. Buchanan said he frequently “patted” the victim’s buttocks as she walked by him in their office.

Prior to his plea, Mr. Buchanan admitted in a signed statement to a series of incidents, including one in which he approached the victim at her desk and put his hand down her shirt and fondled her.

Mr. Buchanan admitted that the victim never consented to his assaults and that she repeatedly asked him to stop touching her inappropriately, according to prosecutors.

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