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Former Department of Employment Services Employee Arrested for Solicitation

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Contact: Jaime M. Yarussi, [email protected]

Washington, DC – On May 2, 2016, Mr. Adrian Williams, a former Workforce Development Specialist with the Department of Employment Services (DOES), was arraigned in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia on a misdemeanor charge of Solicitation for Prostitution.

The District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received information from the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) that Mr. Williams may have solicited sexual acts for money from one of his DOES clients. A month-long OIG investigation revealed that on March 11, 2016, Mr. Williams met with one of his clients while working in his official capacity at the American Job Center. The client, an unemployed female, was meeting with Mr. Williams as required under her unemployment insurance benefits.

According to the client, at the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Williams provided his personal cellular telephone number and instructed her to call if she needed additional financial assistance; a short time later, she spoke with Mr. Williams. During their nearly 30-minute conversation, Mr. Williams offered her $100 for her participation in sexual acts, with a promise of a more regular financial agreement if the arrangement continued.

As a result of the OIG investigation, Mr. Williams was arrested at his home on April 27, 2016, by members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), under an arrest warrant issued on the same day by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Natalia Combs Greene. Mr. Williams pled not guilty on May 2, 2016 and has a hearing scheduled for June 9, 2016.

Inspector General Lucas would like to thank the efforts of Special Agent Ray Malengo in conducting this investigation and members of the MPD Fourth District Crime Suppression Team with their assistance in executing the arrest warrant.

Former Department of Employment Services Employee Arrested for Solicitation [PDF]