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Former Suffolk County assistant DA faces rape charges

Adam Foss at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York on Nov. 3, 2016. (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)
Adam Foss at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York on Nov. 3, 2016. (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)

Former Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney and high-profile criminal justice reform advocate Adam Foss has been indicted on rape charges in New York.

Prosecutors say Foss and a woman, who was 25 years old at the time of the alleged assault, had been texting and calling for a month before they met at a Midtown hotel in October 2017. She rejected his sexual advances multiple times, but prosecutors allege that he raped the woman while she was asleep, according to a statement from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office released Tuesday.

Foss, 42, was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault.

“I thank this brave survivor, who had the courage to come forward and share her story,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. in a statement.

The new charges come a little more than a year after a separate sexual harassment probe in Boston. In April 2021, an independent investigation requested by the Suffolk Country District Attorney's office concluded that Foss' alleged abuse of authority and inappropriate behavior with women interns while he worked in the office from 2008 and 2016 was "troubling," but not criminal.

In 2020 after the investigation was announced, Foss released a statement saying, "Some of my callous and insensitive behavior has caused many people anguish, but I deny any allegations of nonconsensual sexual relations."

Foss now lives in Los Angeles. He founded the criminal justice training nonprofit Prosecutor Impact.

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