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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.

Border Patrol Agent Arrested Following Allegations of Sexually Assaulting a Child

Luis Angel Lozada

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Police arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting a child, MySanAntonio.com reports.

Luis Angel Lozada, 28, is out of jail on a $750,000 bond Saturday.

Lozada has worked for Border Patrol since 2009.

Details of the allegations weren’t immediately clear, but the crimes allegedly occurred in El Paso.

“The U.S. Border Patrol takes every allegation of misconduct seriously,” the agency said in a statement to the newspaper. “The El Paso Sector will cooperate fully with the investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol understands its responsibility to maintain the trust of the community in which we serve and does not tolerate any activity by any of its personnel that may jeopardize that trust.”

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DOJ Supports Special Needs Student Who Was Used As ‘Rape Bait’

Sparkman Middle School, Google Maps

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is supporting the family of a girl who was raped after a teacher told her to act as bait to catch a suspected sexual predator at Sparkman Middle School in Toney, Ala.

The Daily Mail reports that the school had failed to discipline the suspected predator because he had not been caught in the act. So a teacher told a 14-year-old special needs student to meet the boy in a bathroom where he had allegedly had sexual encounters with other girls.

The ill-conceived plan took a horrifying turn when the suspect met her in a different bathroom, so no one came to help.

To support the family’s lawsuit against the Madison County School Board, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief.

The filing alleges that the incident violated Title IX.

“School administrators knew the student’s extensive history of sexual and violent misconduct and were alerted to the substantial risk he posed,” the brief read.

 

Lawsuit Claims DEA Informant Improperly Monitored Albuquerque Man Who Snapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque man last year was an active DEA informant despite his criminal background, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit claims the DEA did not properly supervise Jason Estrada, who was killed when he confronted a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, 31-year-old Edward Quintana, is charged with killing Estrada and criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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Obama Task Force to Address Poor Handling of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What started as a complaint from two students about how the University of North Carolina handled their sexual assaults has spread across the nation’s colleges and attracted the attention of President Obama.

The USA Today reports that Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino were so outraged that university officials blamed them for the assaults that they wrote a Title IX complaint against the school and filed it with the Department of Education in 2013.

“What Annie and I realized was for this to be effective, not just at Carolina, but historically something that would make other things happen, we had to make this bigger. We had to make it a movement,” Pino says. “And we had to come out. We couldn’t stay in the closet about our experiences.”

Worried about the treatment of other victims at universities across the country, the women shared their stories and encouraged others to file complaints.

“Nobody else was really doing it,” Clark told the USA Today. “We knew the law. We had our personal stories, and we kind of put the two together.”

A task forced created by Obama was expected to make its recommendations this week about addressing the complaints at universities, where one in five women is the victim of an attempted or completed rape.