More than 20 agents over the last six years are accused in disturbing cases involving sexual assault of women and young girls.
Police believe U.S. Border
Patrol agent Esteban Manzanares came
across three female immigrants walking along the U.S.-Mexico border in March
2014. Instead of taking them into custody, Manzanares raped two of them and
attempted to kill them. He took the third immigrant, a teenager and left her in
the brush. After his shift he came back and took her to his apartment where he
tied her up and raped her repeatedly. Fellow Border Patrol agents became alarmed
when the two other women were found severely wounded. They alerted other
federal authorities who went to Manzanares’ apartment and knocked on the door.
When Manzanares heard the knock he committed suicide. The case remains under investigation by the FBI.
Alejandro Dominguez, a 35-year-old U.S.
Border Patrol agent was arrested in November 2014 for sexually assaulting a
13-year-old girl. The girl’s mother contacted the police about her daughter’s
contact with a 35-year-old man on Facebook. According to court documents, the
criminal investigation showed that Dominguez had been texting the teenager and
met her on numerous occasions. Dominguez was recently sentenced to three years
in state prison.
Credit: Pima County Sheriff's Department
U.S. Border Patrol agent Abel Michael Quiroz was arrested in
April 2014 for federal child pornography offenses. Quiroz was found by a
special agent with Homeland Security Investigations to be exchanging sexually
explicit images with a 14-year-old girl. In a plea agreement, Quiroz pled guilty
and stated that he knew the girl was 14 years old when he sent her nude
pictures of himself. Quiroz was sentenced in April 2015 to 30 months in
Credit: Dona Ana County New Mexico Sheriff
Armando Gonzalez, a 45-year-old U.S.
Border Patrol Supervisor in the San Diego area, was arrested in February 2015
for placing a video camera in the restroom of the Border Patrol station back in
July 2013 to spy on his female co-workers. The camera was discovered on January
9, 2015 and court documents indicate the camera captured “images of a white
male believed to be Armando Gonzalez…using a screwdriver to install the
Two fellow female Border Patrol agents subsequently filed restraining
orders against Gonzalez. One cited her fear that Gonzalez would “attempt to
come after me and physically harm me.” Another noted that Gonzalez had multiple
weapons in his home and said on numerous occasions he had inappropriately
contacted her outside of work. According to court documents, Gonzalez would
text his female co-workers, asking them to change and then record the footage.
On March 26, 2015 Gonzalez was indicted on two counts of lying to federal
authorities and 17 counts of voyeurism. He pleaded not guilty. Gonzalez is now on
unpaid leave. Prior
to last year’s arrest, Gonzalez had a complaint/allegation filed against him. The
case was closed without further action in December 2012 after the investigation
revealed no wrong-doing. He has been an agent for over 20 years.
Credit: Gretchen Von Helms
Indecency With A Child
Edmundo Palacios, 56, a senior Customs and
Border Protection Officer was arrested in April 2013 for inappropriately
touching a 12-year-old girl. Palacios pleadcd guilty to indecency with a child /
sexual contact on July 17, 2014 and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison
Credit: Laredo Police Department
Alleged Sex Assault
On March 27, 2015 U.S.
Border Patrol agent Jeremy Cole was
arrested for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in the home of a friend
where he was staying overnight. Two weeks later a grand jury indicted him for
sexual conduct with a minor. Court documents show Cole had been with the Border
Patrol for three and a half years despite having a prior arrest for disorderly
conduct. Cole has pleaded not guilty.
Credit: Chandler Police Department
Indicted for Child Pornography
Ernesto Padron was indicted for
possession of child pornography and attempted to destroy a hard drive that was
evidence in the case in October of 2010. In May of 2012 the county prosecutor
who was handling the case was indicted himself for racketeering. According to a
source who worked in the county prosecutor’s office during the time of the
corruption, many cases were ignored. On July 25, 2013, Padron’s case was
dismissed citing statute of limitations.
Credit: Cameron County Sheriff's Office
Child Sex Assault
Jose Jalomos, 52, pleaded no contest to assaulting a
14-year-old girl in October 2014 and is now a registered sex offender. CBS News
learned that in 1996, while Jalomos was a Border Patrol agent he married a
16-year-old girl. An agency spokesperson revealed that CBP was aware of the
marriage and had Internal Affairs investigate it as part of a periodic
background re-investigation in 2006. Despite being a registered sex offender,
Jalomos was only officially terminated by Customs and Border Protection in
Credit: Duval County Jail
Child Sex Assault
Jason Edward Gamboa, a U.S. Border Patrol
agent pleaded no contest in November 2012 to sexually assaulting a child.
Gamboa was placed under community supervision for three years.
Credit: Cameron County Sheriff's Office
Prosecutors say in
September 2009, U.S. Border Patrol agent Miguel
Lerma raped a woman in Los Angeles County, California. The woman reported
the rape and police opened an investigation into Lerma. A DNA swab was taken.
Then in November 2010, court documents indicate he raped another woman in
Orange County, California. Lerma pleaded guilty to charges of rape in both cases
and wrote in his guilty plea, “I did use force and violence to commit” the
crimes. He was sentenced to six years in state prison.
Credit: Garden Grove Police Department
Alleged Sex Assault
U.S. Border Patrol agent Luis Angel Lozada, 29, was arrested on
March 6, 2015 for sexual assault of a child. According to court documents
Lozada had been having sex with a 15-year-old girl from July of 2014 through
January of 2015. The case will soon be presented to a grand jury, according to
the local district attorney.
Credit: El Paso Police Department
Sexual Assault & Kidnapping
On October 25, 2012, Luis Hermosillo, a U.S. Border Patrol
agent, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges
that he sexually assaulted and kidnapped a female Mexican tourist in 2009,
according to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland
Security. The victim told law enforcement that Hermosillo got in her car after
a routine traffic stop and told her to drive to a remote location where he
raped her in front of her two young children.
Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department
Robert Carle, a Supervisory U.S. Customs and
Border Protection Officer, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to second degree
attempted rape. According to a press release on the case, “Carle was arrested
on August 10, 2011, when he appeared at a pre-arranged Queens location for what
he allegedly believed would be a sexual encounter with the 14-year-old he had
been instant messaging.” He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 10 years
probation. He is now a registered sex offender.
Credit: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Patrick Hamburg, a U.S. Customs and
Border Protection Officer, pleaded guilty in May 2011 to sexually assaulting a
girl multiple times under the age of 16.
Credit: Koochiching County Sheriff
Alleged Sexual Assault
U.S. Border Patrol agent Israel Gutierrez Jr. was indicted in
October 2013 for three counts of sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say Gutierrez also assaulted a girl younger than 14 years of age
between 2012 and 2013. They also point to a previous conviction of driving with
a suspended license. Gutierrez has pled not guilty. His trial is scheduled for
early May 2015.