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A top aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has stepped aside after department officials received new allegations that she made lewd and sexually charged comments to subordinates.

Suzanne Barr, the chief of the staff of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has “voluntary placed herself on leave” pending the outcome of a review by Homeland Security’s Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility, department spokesman Brian Hale said in a statement.