JUST IN: Former Powerful Congressman Accused Of Sexual Bondage & Murder

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Stunning new information surfaced this week about the murder of 25-year-old FBI intern Chandra Levy, alleging “aggressive sex involving bondage” may have been responsible for her death. The primary suspect in the young woman’s death was her secret lover — married, powerful former California congressman Gary Condit, now 67.

Levy vanished in May 2001, and her remains were not discovered until the next year in a Washington, D.C. park.

Authorities convicted an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Ingmar Guandique, based upon a jailhouse confession and reports that he had been attacking women joggers at the park where investigators found Levy’s body. Although a jury convicted Guandique and sentenced him to 60 years in prison, his conviction was set aside later. He will face a new trial this fall.

A pair of knotted tights were found near Levy’s body, and Guandique’s attorneys claim Condit might have used them to tie up Levy during a “rough sex act gone wrong.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines calls the new motion:

‘…sensational, salacious and an effort to taint the jury pool.’

After Levy disappeared, investigators found the congressman’s DNA at her home, but that only provided proof of an affair. When police asked him about a possible intimate relationship with Levy during an interview in 2001, Condit callously commented:

‘I don’t think we need to go there, and you can infer what [you] want with that.’

The defense motion says Condit had:

‘…a powerful motive to either kill and/or cover-up the circumstances of her death, whether her death was intentional or accidental.’

Police notes indicated that he said his family was not aware of his illicit relationship with Levy. Condit still denies any guilt. Corporate attorney and friend of Condit Brett Peace said Wednesday:

‘The record demonstrates that the only person who told the truth throughout this tragedy is Congressman Condit. The cops lied and the press was misled. Neither the public defender nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office wants to put the people who actually lied on the stand.’

Guandique’s attorneys suggest they plan to name Condit and several other alternative suspects. This is called a “third-party culpability” defense, which means there is a “reasonable possibility” someone else may be guilty.

Levy’s parents have different views about Condit. According to ABC News, her father Robert Levy said:

‘I think Condit was fooling around and doing that but it doesn’t prove he was the murderer.’

Levy’s mother said:

‘Young women can be caught up in the web of predators or powerful people and you don’t know what happened to them.’

In a statement to ABC News, Condit’s civil attorney L. Lin Wood described the defense strategy from Guandique’s lawyers as “reprehensible:”

‘Mr. Condit was long ago cleared by law enforcement in connection with her murder. Now a public defender for Mr. Guandique is wasting tax payer dollars to re-assert accusations to support a defense theory that has been unequivocally rejected.’

Guandique’s attorneys are seeking FBI interview notes, Condit’s bank and charge card records, and even a photo of Condit that Levy kept on her work desk, allegedly. Defense attorney Eugene Ohm said:

‘We would love to know that we had the entire Gary Condit file.’

Featured Image: Getty

H/T: McClatchey News and ABC News.