Ex-CIA official pleads guilty to Algeria sex abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former CIA station chief in Algeria pleaded guilty on Monday to sex abuse stemming from a 2008 incident in Algiers and to cocaine use, the U.S. Justice Department said.

It said Andrew Warren, 42, admitted he committed illegal sexual contact with a female after rendering her unconscious on February 17, 2008, while on U.S. Embassy property in Algiers.

Warren was charged a year ago with sexually assaulting the woman, who was not named. He was fired from the CIA last year before being charged.

The State Department last year said the United States was investigating allegations that the CIA station chief in Algeria had raped at least two Muslim women after lacing their drinks with a drug.

Warren also admitted that on April 26 he used cocaine while possessing a semi-automatic pistol in Norfolk, Virginia.

Warren faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release, the department said. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 25 years.

The federal judge in the case sent sentence for Sept 9.

Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Cynthia Osterman