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A K-Mart loss prevention officer is in police custody after a 23-year-old woman who was charged with shoplifting at the store claimed she was sexually assaulted while in his custody.

Fairfax County Police said they responded to a K-Mart located at 6364 Springfield Plaza around 2 p.m. on June 6. There, a 23-year-old woman was detained and charged by police with misdemeanor shoplifting.

“She received a summons by police and was released,” said police spokesman Eddy Ezcarate. “Then about two hours later, around 4 p.m., she called police back and reported that she had been sexually assaulted. She claimed a loss prevention officer coerced her into performing a sexual act.”

Loss prevention officers work undercover in retail stores to watch for suspicious behavior and apprehend those attempting theft.

Police said the woman was taken to the hospital and detectives conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of Tabbasum H. Gilani, 29, of the 7900 block of Almeda Court in Lorton.

“Gilani is the only suspect,” Ezcarate said.

Police said Gilani was the loss prevention officer who detained the woman earlier in the day. Gilani was charged with abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. No attorney information for Gilani is yet available in court documents.

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com