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More Than 1,000 Immigrants Held at Detention Centers Reported Being Sexually Assaulted

ice-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 1,000 people held at immigration detention centers reported being sexually assaulted in a little more than two years, according to an advocacy group, which cited Homeland Security data.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement obtained the information from a public records request, the Associated Press reports. 

The AP wrote:

  • Homeland Security inspector general’s office disclosed that it received 1,016 complaints from detainees reporting sexual abuse or assault from May 2014 to July 2016. More than 90 percent involved Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency within Homeland Security that has more than 30,000 beds at detention facilities nationwide.
  • The inspector general received more than 33,000 allegations of a broader range of abuses from January 2010 to July 2016, including 702 for coerced sexual contact, 714 for physical or sexual abuse and 589 for sexual harassment, according to the group. The group’s analysis showed the inspector general investigated 247, or less than 1 percent. But it was unclear how many others were taken up by agencies in the department, such as Immigration and Customs and Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection.

Gillian Christensen, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, downplayed the assaults, saying the number is relatively low compared to the number of admissions to ICE facilities.

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Two Guatemalan Sisters Claim They Were Raped by Border Patrol Officer

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two sisters who were lost in the Texas desert after fleeing Guatemala claim they were sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol officer.

The sisters, age 17 and 19, said they waved down a CBP truck for help. The officer is then accused of placing them to closet in the Presidio, Texas, intake office, where they were forced to strip and were sexually assaulted in July 2016, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

On behalf of the sisters, the ACLU of Norther California filed suit Tuesday against Homeland Security.

The sisters now live in Fresno with their mother.

“What happened in that closet has caused me so much pain and sadness,” the older sister said.” I’m telling my story because I don’t want anyone else to go through this. I hope the officer will be honest about what he did and take responsibility for his actions. This is the only way we’ll be able to ensure this never happens again.”

ACLU attorneys said the officer must be held accountable.

“CBP must be held accountable for its officer’s sexual abuse of these vulnerable victims,” said ACLU of Northern California staff attorney Angélica Salceda. “There has been no criminal prosecution against the officer involved. CBP is not above the law, and its abuses of power must not be tolerated.”

Congress to Investigate Claims That Secret Service Agent Coerced Woman into Having Sex

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Very few people wanted to believe Kristen Miles Anderson’s claim that she was coerced into having sex with a Secret Service agent who was investigating whether she embezzled money from a bank.

It was March 2010, and the agent who first denied the sexual encounter later said the act was consensual, Greenville Online reports. 

Anderson eventually pleaded guilty to embezzling about $90,000 and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. She served 10 months.

A judge dismissed her lawsuit against the agent, the federal government and others, and a grand jury investigation into the alleged sexual encounter resulted in no charges.

But now the U.S. House Committee on Oversight is interested in learning more about what happened and last month requested the inspector general of Homeland Security to turn over a copy of the investigation report.

“I stood up and took the blame, told them what I did and paid the price,” Anderson said during an exclusive interview with The Greenville News. “Then to go back and learn they didn’t even charge him, that’s just devastating. I can’t even tell you.”

The accused agent, Richard Kerns Jr., could not be reached for comment.

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Potentially Drugged Minor

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of sexually assaulting a potentially drugged minor, NBC 7 San Diego reports.

Daniel Alfredo Spear, 45, has been arrested and charged with forcible lewd and lascivious acts on an underage person.

Spear is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe.

Details of the allegations have not yet been released.

FBI Helps Rescue 149 Sexually Exploited Children in Nationwide Sting That Nabbed 150 Pimps

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI helped rescue 149 sexually exploited children as part of a weeklong sting across the country.

Operation Cross Country also nabbed 150 pimps and others involved in the sex trade.

“Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “As a result of the FBI’s outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system.”

More than 500 law enforcement officials were involved in the sting, which involved 135 cities.

The stings took place in casinos, hotels, truck stops and other areas.

TSA Screener Accused of Sexually Assaulting Passenger After Flight

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA screen is accused of imprisoning and sexually abusing a college student in a bathroom following a flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York, CNN reports. 

The screener, Maxi Oquendo is accused of illegally imprisoning and screening the 21-year-old woman in an area where passengers aren’t supposed to be screened, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

“Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage,” the screener allegedly told the passenger, according to the statement.

The TSA employee is then accused of forcing the woman into a bathroom before he allegedly “had her lift up her shirt and unzip her pants and touched her breasts and other areas of her body over and under her clothing.”

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Alarming ‘Spike’ in Sexual Assaults by Border Patrol Agents Is Reported

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming spike in sexual abuse by CBP agents has been recorded, and officials are scurrying to find out why, the Daily Mail reports. 

The agency’s former head of internal affairs, James Tomsheck, who handled sexual assault investigations, said there was a “spike” of more than 35 cases involving agents between 2012 and 2014.

Tomsheck believes the increase was caused by the lack of a polygraph tests administered to nearly 15,000 new recruits between 2006 and 2012.

“A problem that I believed was a significant and serious problem was perhaps even worse than I thought it was,” Tomsheck said. “I believe they were persons who had likely offended before but their acts have gone undetected.”

In one case, a Border Patrol agent is accused of brutally raping an undocumented immigrant and her two daughters near the border fence before killing himself.

Secret Service Supervisor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Employee at Office After Party

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In yet another blow to the Secret Service’s reputation, a high-ranking supervisor is on administrative leave following complaints from a female employee that he sexually assaulted her at the agency’s headquarters following a celebration for his new job to run the Louisville office.

Instead of reporting to his new job, Xavier Morales is on administrative leave, accused of “misconduct and potential criminal activity,”  Fox News reports. 

The employee said Morales made unrelenting sexual advances after professing his love for her at the agency headquarters after the party.

Unlike the alleged drunken-driving accident involving Secret Service agents last month, the allegations in this case were reported to Director Joseph Clancy the same day it was reported – April 2, a spokesman of the agency said.

The case is under investigation to determine whether Morales will retain his job and whether he will face criminal charges.