FBI agent admits having sex with karaoke bar worker
An FBI agent testified Friday that he had sex with an employee of a karaoke bar in the Philippines whom he met while working undercover on a case involving weapons smuggling.
Marc Napolitano was working as a member of a surveillance team during meetings at karaoke bars in which another undercover agent, Charles Ro, spent time with three Filipino nationals now accused of smuggling weapons into the U.S.
Napolitano received text messages from several young Filipino women on a cellphone paid for by the government, he said. One woman, who went by the name Maui, came to his hotel room -- also paid for by the government -- where they had sex, he said.
Napolitano testified as part of a defense motion seeking to throw out the criminal charges against the defendants. A deputy federal public defender representing one of the three defendants has alleged the government committed "outrageous government misconduct" while investigating the case.
Defense attorneys have accused agents of spending taxpayer dollars during their investigation in karaoke bars that were widely-known to offer prostitution.
Government attorneys and agents dispute the allegations.
Napolitano denied Maui was a prostitute and said he never paid to have sex while working on the investigation.
The defense motion is expected to continue Tuesday.
-- Hailey Branson-Potts