Sex Assaults Not Prosecuted

TAMPA -

Florida's senior senator wants to amend the U.S. Defense Bill so that private contractors are legally required to cooperate with investigations into charges of sexual assault of civilian workers.

A Tampa woman is reportedly the 27th civilian to report a sexual assault while working in Iraq for a private contractor according to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

The 42-year old woman hired Miami attorney John Spiegel who filed a civil suit against the company, KBR. But, Spiegel says his client is still waiting to hear if the U.S. Justice Department will prosecute the civilian worker who attacked her in December 2005 at Camp Ramadi, Iraq.

Senator Nelson is pressing for an amendment that mandates private contractors cooperate with such investigations or face felony charges.

Nelson says, to date, he's unaware of any criminal prosecutions in any of the sexual assault cases involving private defense contractors.

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