ACLU files claim against border patrol agent who allegedly sexually assaulted two sisters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed claims with the federal government Wednesday alleging a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent sexually assaulted two sisters in July. According to the More »

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ACLU files claim against border patrol agent who allegedly sexually assaulted two sisters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed claims with the federal government Wednesday alleging a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent sexually assaulted two sisters in July.

According to the organization’s press release, the sisters — who were 19 and 17 years old at the time — encountered the officer after crossing the Mexican border in Texas–Chihuahua while traveling to the United States from Guatemala. When they asked the agent for help, he brought them to an office in Presidio, Texas, where the alleged assaults occurred.

In a Monday blog post, the older sister, Clarita, recalled being detained in a holding cell with one other CBP agent after being interrogated with her sister. The officer reportedly took Clarita into “what seemed like a closet,” where the agent “blocked the door” and asked her to remove her clothing under the guise of making sure she wasn’t “carrying anything illegal.” Clarita alleged he then lifted her bra and fondled her breasts before “forcefully” pulling down her underwear and “running his hand” over her vagina.

“I was so scared and confused,” Clarita wrote. “I couldn’t understand why he was doing this. It clearly wasn’t necessary for security purposes.”

Afterward, Clarita said she watched as the agent took her younger sister into the same closet. “My sister emerged the same way as I had: crying and terrified,” she wrote.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands for a photograph while keeping watch along the U.S. and Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, pledging to hire 15,000 more border patrol and immigration agents and to begin building a wall on the Mexican border to enact executive orders signed by the president on Jan. 25.

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US Border Patrol agents speak with a woman on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on February 20, 2017, prior to her crossing into the US. ATTENTION EDITORS: This image is part of an ongoing AFP photo project documenting the life on the two sides of the US/Mexico border simultaneously by two photographers traveling for ten days from California to Texas on the US side and from Baja California to Tamaulipas on the Mexican side between February 13 and 22, 2017.

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US Border Patrol agents patrol the Rio Grande river on a fan boat on the US/Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas, on February 21, 2017. Attention Editors: this image is part of an ongoing AFP photo project documenting the life on the two sides of the US/Mexico border simultaneously by two photographers traveling for ten days from California to Texas on the US side and from Baja California to Tamaulipas on the Mexican side between February 13 and 22, 2017.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands for a photograph while keeping watch along the U.S. and Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, pledging to hire 15,000 more border patrol and immigration agents and to begin building a wall on the Mexican border to enact executive orders signed by the president on Jan. 25.

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A border fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico stands in Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, pledging to hire 15,000 more border patrol and immigration agents and to begin building a wall on the Mexican border to enact executive orders signed by the president on Jan. 25.

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A boundary marker stands next to a border fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico in Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, pledging to hire 15,000 more border patrol and immigration agents and to begin building a wall on the Mexican border to enact executive orders signed by the president on Jan. 25.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands for a photograph while keeping watch along the U.S. and Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, pledging to hire 15,000 more border patrol and immigration agents and to begin building a wall on the Mexican border to enact executive orders signed by the president on Jan. 25.

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A suspected immigrant is escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol to a vehicle near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. A security surge along the U.S.-Mexico border will use ‘a military-style approach’ with more Border Patrol agents, barriers and sensors and new authorities for law enforcement agencies, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said.

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Border Patrol agents patrol the United States-Mexico Border wall during Opening the Door Of Hope/Abriendo La Puerta De La Esparana at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

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Clarita wrote that she has “suffered every day” since the incident, including difficulty sleeping and sometimes feeling like she “shouldn’t be alive.” She sought counseling to deal with the resulting trauma, but what she wants most is for the offending officer — and “any other CBP officer who commits this kind of abuse” — to be punished.

“CBP presumes that it is not subject to federal or state child protection laws, and this incident makes clear that at least some of its officers think they can commit sexual assault with impunity,” Mitra Ebadolahi, staff attorney at the ACLU of San Diego Imperial Counties, said in a statement. “This must change.”

When reached for comment, CBP released the following statement via email:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot comment on pending litigation; however, we take allegations of misconduct seriously and there is no room in CBP for the mistreatment or misconduct of any kind toward those in our custody. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal administrative investigation of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.

Clarita said she and her sister decided to pursue legal action in hopes of preventing what happened to them from happening to anyone else.

“What happened to us is NOT normal, it is NOT part of protocol and it is NOT legal,” Clarita wrote. “No one, no matter the situation or their background, deserves to go through this.”

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Man faces 40 years in prison for murder of 3-week-old son

HOPEWELL, Virginia (WTVR) — David Gans, a Hopewell man arrested for killing his three-week-old son Jeremiah, entered an Alford plea on second-degree murder charges in Hopewell Court on Wednesday.

With the Alford plea, Gans maintained his innocence, but conceded there was evidence to convict him of the crime. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced.

In June 2016, police responded to Gans’ S. 13th Avenue home and found baby Jeremiah unresponsive.

The baby was taken to John Randolph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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After a five-month, multi-agency investigation and an autopsy, a warrant of arrest for first-degree murder was issued for Gans, the infant’s 21-year-old father.

The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Jeremiah died due to blunt force injuries to head and torso. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Police said the autopsy showed the baby suffered torn tissue and several broken bones caused by someone’s forced handling.

Gans admitted to being the sole caretaker of the infant at the time of the death, according to prosecutors.

“It kind of blindsided me. I didn’t see this coming at all,” David Gans’ mother said after her son’s arrest. She asked that we not reveal her identity.

“He’s not a murderer. He didn’t kill his baby,” the mother said tearfully.

Gans mother said she was out of town when the incident happened, but her son told her Jeremiah wasn’t making any noise that evening.

“He went to check on him and he wasn’t breathing anymore,” she said.

The mother said that’s when Gans called 911.

Gans is due back in Hopewell Circuit Court on June 14 for a pre-sentencing hearing.

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Woman says she found intruder watching her shower

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WTTV) — An Indianapolis woman says she is still shaken after discovering a man in her apartment who was watching her as she was getting into the shower.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. Tuesday at the Westlake Apartments on the west side. Joi Gillespie, 21, says she was completely undressed and preparing to step into the shower when she suddenly saw a man standing in her living room. She says the man was simply standing in the corner of her apartment, looking into the bathroom at her.

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“I was completely naked the entire time,” Gillespie said. “So it wouldn’t have been much for him to try to attack me or anything. He was much taller than me.”

But he never attacked, Gillespie said. He just stood there maintaining eye contact with her.

“I don’t know what color pants he had on because I was looking at his eyes the entire time,” Gillespie said.

After screaming at the man to “get out” for about a minute, Gillespie says she slammed her bathroom door.

“And I started to pace a little bit, like ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do,'” she said.

Gillespie says she waited for about 30 seconds, hoping the man would leave while her bathroom door was closed. Then, she decided to have a look out into the living room.

“So I open up my door, and he’s still in my living room,” she said.

Another minute went by with Gillespie screaming at the man to leave before he started to back out of the apartment, she said.

“The whole instance, all while I’m yelling at him get out of my house, I’m completely naked,” Gillespie said.

Eventually, Gillespie says the man backed out of her sliding back door and casually walked away.

“His eyes got big and he said ‘Oh (expletive),'” she said. “And that was the only thing that he said.”

Gillespie says the man came in her apartment through her sliding back door, which she had accidentally left unlocked after taking out her trash that morning. A mistake she says she’ll never make again.

“My music was playing and my shower was running,” she said. “So he knew somebody was at home.”

Gillespie says she did not recognize the man, who she described as tall, skinny and wearing a gray hoodie at the time.

She reported the incident to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and approached her apartment management about breaking her lease at the Westlake Apartments.

Brian Moore, with Flaherty Collins Properties issued a statement about the incident:

“Though we are disappointed to lose a resident, we will certainly be letting the resident out of her lease, as we understand this is an unsettling experience. We have reminded residents to lock their doors and to report any suspicious activity so that we can help address any issues.”

Property managers also said they would be discussing the incident with security officer who patrol the property.

Gillespie says she doesn’t know what the man’s intentions were when he came into her apartment. She says he never made any threatening moves and never tried to take anything from the apartment.

“I definitely have learned a bunch of lessons,” she said. “Lock your doors, be aware of your surroundings.”

She is already looking for a new place to live.

“I’m never going back to that apartment building,” she said.

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