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REFILE-Ex-CIA station chief in Algeria charged in assault

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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - A former CIA station chief has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Algeria and could face up to life in prison if convicted, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Andrew Warren, 41, was charged with one count of sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a woman, who was not named, on Feb. 17, 2008. The federal grand jury's indictment was returned under seal on June 18 and made public on Tuesday.

The State Department earlier this year confirmed that 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.

The indictment charged that the victim was "incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of declining participating in, or communicating unwillingness to engage in the sexual act."

Warren surrendered to authorities and appeared before a federal magistrate judge at a court hearing, the Justice Department said.

He was ordered released on condition that he surrender his passport, not leave the United States and check in with authorities once a week, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

"We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in this matter, which involves a former agency employee who was fired earlier this year," said George Little, a CIA spokesman. (Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Chris Wilson)

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