Report: High-Ranking FBI Official Under Investigation After Alleged Affair

March 19, 2010 6:37 am

The head of the FBI’s New York office is under investigation by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog in connection with an alleged affair with a lower-level employee, reports.

The Web site, which covers federal law enforcement, reports that investigators from the Office of Professional Responsibility are looking at whether Joseph Demarest lied when asked internally about an alleged affair with another employee.As assistant director in charge of the New York division, Demarest runs the FBI’s largest office. He has been reassigned to Washington during the investigation.

Main Justice notes that Demarest has overseen a number of high-profile investigations, including the Bernard Madoff and Najibullah Zazi cases.

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