Steroid charges dropped in FBI case
Federal prosecutors have dropped charges without prejudice against three Washington area FBI agents and an analyst who were arrested Sept. 15 for allegedly covering up their use of steroids and human growth hormone.
The government reserved the right to bring new charges as an investigation into the prescription and use of the drugs continues.
Counts that Special Agent James Barnett, of Alexandria, and counterterrorism analyst Ali Sawan, of Sterling, made false statements in annual FBI fitness reports were dismissed Wednesday. The dismissals were disclosed Thursday in the U.S. District Court of the District's electronic docket system.
The same charges against Special Agents Katia and Matthew Litton, a married couple living in McLean, were dropped Nov. 5.
In a court order unsealed that day, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson noted, in giving a grand jury until Nov. 1 to return any indictment against the Littons, that "The government is actively engaged producing discovery in this case."
Bill Miller, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., said, "The investigation is ongoing and prosecutors and investigators are reviewing thousands of pages of evidence that were seized. As they sort through all of that, they will determine whether to pursue charges and against whom."
Lawyers for the four FBI employees did not immediately return telephone or e-mail messages for comment Thursday afternoon.
Spencer S. Hsu
| November 18, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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