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Passaro Back Behind Bars After Alleged House Arrest Violation

Posted April 6, 2006

— Former CIA contractor David Passaro, who is awaiting trial on charges that he assaulted an Afghan man who later died, was back behind bars after allegedly violating the terms of his house arrest last week.

Passaro was in a car accident last Friday night when his girlfriend lost control of the car she was driving, investigators said. Under the terms of his release from jail, he could only leave his house under predetermined conditions, such as going to or from his job, a religious service or an attorney visit.

According to the accident report, the car, driven by Samantha Robertson, 26, of Raleigh, flipped several times when she lost control of it. The vehicle was traveling at an estimated speed of 80 mph, and investigators indicated that alcohol or drugs may have been involved, according to the report.

Passaro was not injured; Robertson suffered minor injuries. The accident is still being investigated.

Passaro turned himself into authorities and was booked into the Wake County Jail without bail at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Passaro is scheduled to go to trial this month, but it could be further delayed because of the sensitive nature of the case. He is accused of beating an Afghan detainee while he worked as a CIA contractor. The prisoner later died.

Last year, Passaro was arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend while he was on house arrest waiting for the prisoner abuse trial to begin.


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