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Congressional Leaders Call on FBI, Others to Investigate 5-Year-Old Peace Corps Murder in Africa

Kate Puzey (left), photo from KatesVoice.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators haven’t made much headway in the brutal murder of a Peace Corps volunteer after she claimed a local Peace Corps employee was sexually assaulting girls where she worked in the West African country of Benin five years ago, WPRO.com reports.

On Thursday, 184 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signed a letter urging the federal government, including the FBI, to “make every effort to devote every resource to achieve justice for Kate Puzey.”

The 24-year-old Georgia resident was murdered on March 12, 2009.

“It continues the visibility of the case in the eyes of the people that need not to lose sight of the tragedy,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, a co-author of the letter and advocate for the Puzey family.

The letter was addressed to the FBI, Department of State and Inspector General of the Peace Corps.

 

Family Members Express Shock That Border Killed Self After Alleged Assaults

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Family members of a Border Patrol agent who killed himself after allegedly assaulting three immigrant women are having trouble processing the news.

“It’s really hard to believe,” Susana Manzanares said of her ex-husband Esteban Manzanares, who shot himself after authorities say he sexually assaulted three women on Wednesday.

Manzanares described her husband as kind-hearted and always willing to help strangers.

“What surprises me is that he would leave his children,” she said.

Details of what happened are still emerging.

Border Patrol Recruit Not Only Fails Polygraph Test; He Ends Up Under Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol recruit taking a polygraph test for a job failed miserably.

So much so, according to CBS 8, a search warrant has been filed in San Diego County after he admitted to possessing child porn.

The 22-year-old man, whose identity was not released, told authorities he possessed 14 images of child porn on his computer. Some of the images were children as young as 5 or 6.

The man also said he tried to sexually assault children when he was 12 and 16 years old.

Justice Department Reveals Disturbing Treatment of Rape Victims in Montana County

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming letter from the Department of Justice accuses Missoula County, Montana prosecutors of all but ignoring sexual assault cases.

Buzzfeed reports that the Missoula County Attorney’s Office only took action on 17 of 85 police reports of sexual assaults of adult women between January 2008 and May 2012.

“[Female] sexual assault victims in Missoula are deprived of fundamental legal protections and often re-victimized by MCAO’s response to their reports of abuse,” U.S. attorneys wrote in a findings letter to County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg.

Prosecutors are accused of “institutionalized indifference” that “perpetuates a culture that tolerates sexual assault, dissuades victims from reporting crimes, leaves violent criminal activity unaddressed, and compromises the safety of all women in Missoula.”

In some cases, prosecutors even failed to return phone calls from victims.

TSA Official Not Charged with Sex Crime After Woman Claims Excessive Groping

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA official won’t be charged with a crime after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her during a search at the Denver International Airport, RT.com reports.

Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, complained in December that she was subjected to a “pretty invasive search” after being stopped at an airport checkpoint. She said the TSA officer cupped her crotch and groped her breasts.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” Steenhoek said to CBS Denver. “Those TSA agents were purposely abusive to me. And there isn’t any recourse. I still feel as if a crime was committed, and as an individual American I am powerless to do anything about it.”

The district attorney said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove sexual assault.

“We would be unable to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the local District Attorney’s Office.

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Justice Department Describes Horrifying Abuses of Female Inmates at Alabama Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When federal officials began investigating claims of sexual abuse at an Alabama prison for women, they never imagined what they’d find inside.

ABC News reports that the environment was so obscene and toxic that the nearly 900 woman incarcerated at Tutwiler Prison “universally fear for their safety,” the Justice Department found.

How bad was it?

According to the report, a third of the 99 employees had sex with inmates. Employees organized strip shows and forced women to have sex with them for basic sanitary supplies.

Inmates who complained were disciplined, according to the report.

“We conclude that the state of Alabama violates the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution by failing to protect women prisoners at Tutwiler [Prison] from harm due to sexual abuse and harassment from correctional staff,” the Justice Department wrote in a letter to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

Justice Department Finds Alabama Failed to Protect Female Inmates from Sexual Abuse

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department leveled serious allegations against Alabama officials, saying the state failed to protect female prisoners from being sexually assaulted and harassed by correctional staff, Fox 6 WBRC reports.

“Tutwiler has a history of unabated staff-on-prisoner sexual abuse and harassment,” the department wrote in a report to Gov. Robert Bentley. “The women at Tutwiler universally fear for their safety. They live in a sexualized environment with repeated and open sexual behavior, including: abusive sexual contact between staff and prisoners; sexualized activity, including a strip show condoned by staff; profane and unprofessional sexualized language and harassment; and deliberate cross-gender viewing of prisoners showering, urinating, and defecating.”

The governor’s office expressed support for the investigation.

“Governor Bentley has been supportive of Commissioner Thomas’ proactive measures to address the needs and issues in our prison system. The Department of Corrections has been putting recommendations from the NIC report in place since last January. It is important to ensure safety of inmates and staff inside our prisons, and the Governor is supportive of Commissioner Thomas’ efforts to do just that.”

Former Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl for Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former South Texas cop who was charged recently with sexually assaulting an underage girl for seven years previously was a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the Associated Press reports.

Jaime Ocanas, 33, used to be assigned at the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande City station. From December 2007 until he was fired Dec. 17, Ocanas worked for the police force at the McAllen Independent School District in South Texas from December 2007 until he was fired Dec. 17, the AP wrote.

Ocanas is accused of sexually assaulting a girl from the age 11 to 18, from November 1998 to November 2004.

Police arrested Ocanas on Jan. 2.

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