The Shocking Case of a State Department Employee’s Sexual Abuse

Raped and sexually assaulted girlfriend's teenage daughter 200 times over five years. The perpetrator is a former . He was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for these crimes.

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In a pre-sentencing report asking for leniency, Clark's attorney referred to him as “a 67- 67-year-old man in failing health who began a relationship with a teenage girl.”

“There is no legitimate excuse for his actions, and none will be offered here. While true that Mr. Clark was abusing marijuana and alcohol during the period of his crime—self-medicating his neurological condition—that condition in no way justifies his actions.”

Federal prosecutors, in court papers, said Clark, who lived part-time at his girlfriend's Washington home. He was a “father figure” to the girl and helped raise her from a young age.

Former State Department employee prepared to abuse her. Starting by slapping her rear end and raping her in her own mother's bedroom. She was raped almost every day. He gives him gifts and privileges in return.

“For example, after the defendant purchased a cellphone for [the victim], he later refused to pay the bill on the phone because he believed [she] was using the phone to talk to boys her own age,” prosecutors wrote.

“The defendant also purchased lingerie for [her], even photographing her wearing it at his request.”
In 2021, the teen told her mother about the abuse, and she contacted law enforcement, who took over the Instagram account the girl used to communicate with Clark—who once had a top-secret security clearance as a shipping supervisor for the State Department.

Posing as the girl, investigators got Clark to acknowledge sexual contact with the teen when he wrote that she “gave me the most precious thing a woman can give a man.” Asked what that was, he replied “virginity.”

The investigator, still posing as the teen, asked Clark if he was happy he was was her “first” when she was just 13. His answer: “Hell yeah I cherish that shit to my heart.”

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In their brief to the court, prosecutors said Clark was guilty of a “profound betrayal of trust.”

“As [the teen's] mother described in her Victim Impact Statement, ‘Charles was with when she did not have two front teeth'… As time progressed, I trusted him with my children. I allowed them to go to his house and assist him with chores because he was too weak to do it alone. I trusted him to pick them up from school and watch them overnight when claimed he was sick and could not drive back home.'”

He also details that Clark was born into poverty, his father was an abusive alcoholic, and his own first sexual experience was with a 67-year-old woman when he was a teenager.

“While none of Mr. Clark's experiences justify his crimes, they perhaps provide some insight into why he has ended up before this Court,” his attorney wrote.

Prosecutors said he deserved at least another 20 years, noting that he tried to blame the victim, telling an evaluator that she “was enticing me, feeding me and coming on to me by walking around the house nearly naked in a bra and underwear and telling me encouraging words when her mother was not.”

“This attempted blame-shifting reflects a profound delusion on the part of the defendant and ignores the reality that a 60-year-old adult man is fully responsible for his own actions, despite what a 13-year-old girl might be wearing,” prosecutors wrote. “The defendant's sentence should reflect this reality.”

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