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CBP Failed to Properly Investigate a Trainee’s Claims of Being Repeatedly Raped

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By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

CBP leaders failed to take proper action after a female Border Patrol trainee reported that she had been repeatedly raped at a graduation party, Newsweek found.

The trainee, who was based at a facility near Charleston, S.C., said the sexual assault occurred at a graduation party at an instructor’s temporary residence in the early 2000s.

James Tomsheck, who was head of internal affairs from 2006 to 2014, said he received a report of the rapes soon after taking the job.

Tomsheck said the woman was “encouraged” to drink a lot of alcohol and play “game of smiles.”

“In great graphic detail, this game was described as a scenario wherein several men would sit around a table with their pants down. The female would then go under the table and engage in oral sex with different members, different persons sitting under the table,” Tomsheck told Newsweek.

“The intent of the game, as described in the report, you lost if you smiled while sitting at the table. This disgusting sexual predator event was documented in great detail,” he said.

After the trainee became unconscious from drinking too much, she was raped, according to the report.

Despite an internal investigation that appeared to corroborate the trainee’s allegation, the investigation was “laid dormant for several months that became years” after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks caused a major shakeup of federal agencies.

Eventually, the trainee decided she was done with the investigation, which then went nowhere.


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