M.I.A. Customs Agent Indicted for Groping Female Travelers' Breasts

Categories: Crime
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Woah, woah, woah, buddy, who do you think you are? A TSA agent? Sorry, but airport U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officers have no right to touch passengers against their will.

Officer Paulo Morales, 47, was arrested today after being indicted yesterday on charges related to groping female passengers.

The charges stem from incidents that happened in January 2011.

In the first incident, on January 14, 2011, a female passenger from Guatemala was passing through the Federal Inspection Area. The indictment claims that Morales grabbed the woman's breasts through her clothing with "an intent to abuse, humiliate, and degrade" her for his own "sexual desires."

On January 20, Morales allegedly subjected a Honduran woman to the same degrading behavior. Then, on January 27, Morales is alleged to have once again groped another woman traveling from Israel.

In addition to facing three felony counts of abusive sexual conduct, Morales also faces an additional three misdemeanor counts of deprivation of civil rights since the contact violates the constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

If convicted, Morales could face up to 9 years in prison. The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of two years each, while the misdemeanor charges carry a maximum punishment of one year each.

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Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

This is happening way more than we'll ever know about, and always has been.  These officers have absolute power.  That situation guarantees abuse.

Most people don't have the benefit of a reporter to tell their story, don't have the means to file a lawsuit, and tell their stories only to family and friends.

Look at Loretta Van Beek and the at least 8 other women who were molested by those two guards at the Detroit/Canada border.  If Van Beek hadn't come forward with a lawsuit and spoken publicly about it, none of those other women would've either.  

Who knows who many other people, including men, have been thus abused, at that and the hundreds of other checkpoints in the country?  We'll never know.

As for the TSA, they're a gang of thugs and goons, whose raison d'etre is to abuse people.

Xray2j
Xray2j

Lol touch against their will? I was touched against my will in a small room By CBP and it was nothing like a TSA pat down. You don't know what you are talking about. These guys have guns and handcuffs. Now they can't touch your goodies without REASON but passenger will is non important.

lawen4cementher0
lawen4cementher0

"U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officers"??? C'mon now, New Times. They are U.S. Customs and Border PROTECTION Officers.  You should know the difference between the Border Patrol, who wear green and (oddly enough) patrol the borders and the Office of Field Operations, who are the familiar boys in blue at our nations ports. Both agencies work under U.S. Customs and Border Protection , but are separate divisions.  Now I'm going to assume he worked for Field Operations since it happened at the airport.  

And while I do get the joke you are making about TSA's penchant for vigorous pat downs, please be sure to get the facts straight. C.B.P. , which is basically an amalgamation of the U.S. Customs Service and parts of I.N.S., has maintained the authority to do personal searches for over a hundred years.

 Now that being said, this guy is obviously a disgrace. It's a sad fact that every Law Enforcement agency has guys like this. Hopefully your readers will see that the actions of this one disturbed individual do not represent the agency as a whole. It's a wonder that this guy couldn't avail himself to some of the famous gentlemen's establishments we have here in Miami. Rather than prey upon these unsuspecting women, why not go to a strip club and grope all you want there? Why lose a federal salary and pension when he could have done the same thing there for a fraction of the cost he will be paying should he be found guilty.  

What an idiot. 

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