Warrantless Home Invasions: U.S. Marshals Service Terrorizes Apartment Residents with Armed Door-to-Door Raids, No Warrants

Louise Goldsberry

Herald Tribune:  Lyons: Police raid felt like home invasion (July 18 2013)

He was claiming to be a police officer, but the man [Louise Goldberry] had seen looked to her more like an armed thug. Her boyfriend, [Craig] Dorris, was calmer, and yelled back that he wanted to see some ID.

But the man just demanded they open the door. The actual words, the couple say, were, “We’re the f—— police; open the f—— door.”

Dorris said he moved away from the door, afraid bullets were about to rip through.

Goldsberry was terrified but thinking it just might really be the police. Except, she says she wondered, would police talk that way? She had never been arrested or even come close. She couldn’t imagine why police would be there or want to come in. But even if they did, why would they act like that at her apartment? It didn’t seem right.

Then, to the couple’s horror — and as Goldsberry huddled in the hallway with gun in hand — the front door they had thought was locked pushed open. A man edged around the corner and pointed a gun and a fiercely bright light at them, and yelled even more.

“Drop the f—— gun or I’ll f—— shoot you,” he shouted, then said it again and again, Goldsberry and Dorris say.

Half an hour of terror, no warrants:

They remained cuffed for close to half an hour as the apartment was searched for a wanted man who wasn’t there, never had been, and who was totally unknown to them.  They were shown his picture.  Then they were released, the police left, and that was that.

Meet the pig, Matt Wiggins:

Matt Wiggins was the man at the door.  He’s with the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive division.

I asked him what happened. He said they had a tip that a child-rape suspect was at the complex.

Not only did these pigs have no warrant to search Louise Goldsberry’s aparment, they did not even have any specific information that their suspect had any connection to her apartment:

That suspect, Kyle Riley, was arrested several hours later in another part of Sarasota.

The tip was never about Goldsberry’s apartment, specifically, Wiggins acknowledged. It was about the complex.

But when the people in Goldsberry’s apartment didn’t open up, that told Wiggins he had probably found the right door. No one at other units had reacted that way, he said.

Maybe none of them had a gun pointed at them through the kitchen window, I suggested. But Wiggins didn’t think that was much excuse for the woman’s behavior. He said he acted with restraint and didn’t like having that gun aimed at him.

You poor, poor, pig, Matt Wiggins.  You dress up in ninja suits and point guns at innocent citizens through their windows and then get all bent out shape when they defend their homes?

You’re a fucking pig, Matt Wiggin, a worthless fucking government terrorist pig.

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CBP thugs illegally ransack private plane on cross-country flight at stop in Iowa City

If you believe that the thugs in Customs & Border Protection have any respect for your 4th amendment rights and your constitutionally guaranteed freedom to travel, think again.

These articles relate the stories of private pilots flying cross-country from California eastward, the reward for which is sometimes a length , relatively polite,  interrogation by ~20 thugs from CBP & DHS, as happened to Clay Phillips in Cordell, Oklahoma, and a sometimes  thorough & illegal ransacking of one’s plane and baggage, as happened to Gabriel Silverstein in Iowa City, Iowa.

The stops were made under the guise of a “ramp check”, where the plane’s registration, inspections, etc., are checked.  The FAA has the legal authority to conduct ramp checks, and they do not involved ransacking personal belongings. CBP has no such authority.

I love the part in the first Atlantic article where Clay Phillips refuses to allow them to search the plane and insists they they even keep their dog off his wings unless the assume liability for damage & scratched paint.

Atlantic:  Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories (May 21 2013)

 ”My dad fought a war so this can never happen in America. I will not dishonor my father’s memory by giving up what he fought for. No, sir. With all due respect, I will not consent to a search without a proper warrant.”

Another group of CBP thugs showed no such restraint with Gabriel & Angel Silversten when they landed in Iowa City, Iowa:

Atlantic:  Annals of the Security State, Gabriel Silverstein Division (May 19 2013)

 … a few days later, in Iowa, a group of police were apparently waiting for the plane and surrounded it after it landed. They inspected it, with a dog, and took two hours to look through every part of the plane and all of the onboard baggage and possessions, before letting the Silversteins go. According to a fascinating account on the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) site:
Silverstein, the pilot in command, raised objections and was given three options: wait inside the FBO [the "Fixed Base Operator," the little office that exists at most small airports] or  wait quietly outside, or be detained in handcuffs. An instrument-rated private pilot and AOPA member, Silverstein is also an active real estate investment banker who has never committed a crime, he said.

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association:  Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons

… a brief delay in Oklahoma that all but passed from Gabriel Silverstein’s mind by the time he landed in Iowa City four days later, on May 5. That fuel stop, one of many made during a business trip from New Jersey to California and back in the Cirrus SR22 that Silverstein shares ownership of, proved much more troubling: Federal agents called out the dog. A search lasting more than two hours produced nothing incriminating. Silverstein was free to go, but he and his husband of nine years, Angel, were on their own to re-pack luggage, the contents of which had been emptied along with the rest of what could be removed from inside the aircraft.
“I was told they had every right to do this,” Silverstein said in a May 14 telephone interview with AOPA Online. “They were proceeding with it whether I agreed or not. There was nothing to find, there never would be anything to find.”
“Based on what we know so far, this appears to have been an extraordinarily intrusive search,” said AOPA Manager of Aviation Security Tom Zecha.

Silverstein said about half a dozen local officers arrived after he walked into the FBO with his aviation papers, as the federal agents had requested, for his second “ramp check” in four days. Federal agents in tan jumpsuits soon directed him back outside, where the local police dog was already at work.

“As I approached the plane, the K-9 handler didn’t ask my permission, he informed me that the dog was inspecting the plane and then informed me that I had to open the cargo door, the baggage door,” Silverstein said in the telephone interview. “There was intimidation, very clearly there … it was not a question of may we check your plane, or hey, by the way, just walking around.”

Silverstein, the pilot in command, raised objections and was given three options: wait inside the FBO, wait quietly outside, or be detained in handcuffs. An instrument-rated private pilot and AOPA member, Silverstein is also an active real estate investment banker who has never committed a crime, he said.

They also tried to get him to confess to a bogus marijuana possession charge, which he didn’t possess and the thugs didn’t find:

Silverstein said the agents in Iowa City urged him to confess to possessing a small amount of marijuana, suggesting such a confession could cut the whole process short.

And they wonder why we call them “pigs”?  It’s an appellation well earned.


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Retired Border Patrol supervisor Lawson Hardrick Jr. gets 10 years prison for downloading child porn

Lawson Hardrick Jr., 64, is a retired supervisory special agent and assistant director for the Calexico port of entry at Calexico, California.

The media seems to have paid zero attention to this case.  The only real sources of information are two press releases from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that media outlets relied upon.  I haven’t been able to find any photos or videos or what would pass for original reporting.

Hat tip to Courthouse New Service:  Retired Border Patrol Boss Gets 10 Years

(Untitled news release regarding conviction)

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY –January 24, 2013

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Lawson Hardrick, a retired United States  Customs and Border Protection Officer was found guilty by a federal jury earlier today in San Diego of two counts of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, each a felony. The verdicts follow a one-day trial before United States District Judge Marilyn L. Huff.

According to the evidence presented at trial, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation of persons using peer to peer file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others. According to the forensic evidence introduced at trial, the defendant received videos of children as young as four and nine years old through a file-sharing program in 2008 through 2010. The indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego in July 2012.

The defendant is next scheduled to be in court on April 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., before Judge Huff for a sentencing hearing.

DEFENDANT Case Number: 12cr3061-H
Lawson Hardrick

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Counts: 2
Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct- Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a) (2)
Maximum Penalties: 20 years’ incarceration with a five year mandatory minimum sentence, $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

INVESTIGATING AGENCY
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

 

Retired Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Sentenced to 10 Years in Child Pornography Case

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY –April 29, 2013

A retired United States Customs and Border Protection supervisor was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for downloading child pornography.

Former Supervisory Special Agent Lawson Hardrick, Jr., who was the assistant director for the Calexico ports of entry, was found guilty by a federal jury in January of two counts of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, each a felony. The verdicts followed a two-day trial before Judge Huff.

According to the evidence presented at trial, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted an investigation of persons using peer to peer file-sharing programs to make child pornography available to others. According to the forensic evidence introduced at trial, the defendant received videos of children as young as four and nine years old through a file-sharing program in 2008 through 2010. The indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego in July 2012.

Upon release, Hardrick will be required to register as a sex offender.

DEFENDANT Case Number: 12cr3061-H
Lawson Hardrick

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Counts: 2
Receipt of Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct- Title 18, United States Code, 2252(a) (2) Maximum Penalties: 20 years incarceration with a five year mandatory minimum sentence, $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

INVESTIGATING AGENCY
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

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Border Patrol agent Patrick Jochum arrested for misdemeanor criminal mischief

Patrick Jochum

San Antonio Express-News:  Border Patrol agent arrested after Carrie Underwood concert (Apr 26 2013)

A Border Patrol agent was arrested after reportedly hurling traffic cones at vehicles following Thursday night’s Carrie Underwood concert at Freeman Coliseum, officials said  …  The motorist’s windshield was damaged by one of the cones.  Patrick Jochum, 26, was charged with criminal mischief causing between $500 and $1,500 worth of damage, a Class A misdemeanor. Bail was set at $1,600.  A deputy arrested Jochum as he stood on a curb near the coliseum, reportedly upset when no cabs would stop to pick him up, Berry said.

Fox San Antonio:  Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Carrie Underwood Concert  (Apr 26 2013)

A U.S. Border Patrol Agent was arrested Thursday night for allegedly throwing traffic cones at passing cars on East Houston Street following the Carrie Underwood concert at the Freeman Coliseum.  The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says Patrick Jochum, 26, was arrested by a deputy around 11:00 p.m. and was believed to be intoxicated at the time.    Officials say Jochum was angry because he was trying to hail a cab and none would stop.

1604 TV:  Border Patrol agent arrested after Carrie Underwood concert (Apr 26 2013)

A drunk, unruly Border Patrol agent was arrested for hurling traffic cones at vehicles after Thursday night’s Carrie Underwood concert at the Freeman Coliseum, officials said.  A motorist passing by the Freeman about 11 p.m. notified deputies that Patrick Jochum, 26, was throwing the cones at vehicles as they traveled on Houston Street, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Paul Berry said.  The motorist’s windshield had been damaged by one of the cones.  “(Jochum) was upset because he was trying to hail a cab and none of them would stop,” Berry said.  A deputy handcuffed and arrested Jochum as he stood on a curb near the coliseum. He was “highly intoxicated,” Berry said.

Nashville Gab:  Border patrol agent loses his sh*t after Carrie Underwood concert (Apr 27 2013)

Let’s face it, concerts are stressful as hell  …  We all suffer for our love of country music, but thankfully most of us stay composed enough not to start throwing objects at passing cars once the concert is over. Unfortunately, that’s not true for everyone.

26-year-old Patrick Jochum was charged with criminal mischief  …  after he went a bit crazy after the Carrie Underwood concert Thursday night at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.   According to reports, Patrick, a border patrol agent by trade, was arrested after he began hurling orange traffic cones at passing cars. One driver’s windshield was damaged in the cone-throwing frenzy.  When police detained the rowdy cone flinger, he said he was angry because no cabs would stop and pick him up.

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Experiment in restricting goverment access to web sites

I first became concerned about government mining and data collection > a year ago when we learned that the Department of Homeland Security (which, incidentally, is a literal translation of the full German name of the hated East German Stasi) had contracted with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems to scan social media for evidence of discontent with government policies.  This is a very dangerous step towards totalitarianism.

More recently we’ve learned that the IRS plans to mine social media for information about taxpayers.   When the news became public, they attempted to deny it, but the word (and the IRS’ own documentation) is out.

About the same time ATF (one of the worst law enforcement agencies ever, although the CBP has given them some stiff competition for that honor in recent years) published a request for proposals for social media data mining capabilities on the government procurement web site.

With those latest development, I felt it was time to kick my butt into gear and do my part to prevent this slide into totalitarian government.  FedCops is now running the beta version of my Stop Gov’t Waste & Block Gov’t Data Miners plug-in for WordPress.  As of this evening, your access to this site is blocked if you are coming from:

  • DHS subnet
  • Treasury Dept. subnet (blocks IRS)
  • Justice Dept. subnet (blocks ATF)
  • Rapiscan (company that developed naked body scanners for DHS)
  • General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (DHS data miner)
  • Any host name ending in *.gov

Future versions of the plug-in will have additional blocking capabilities.  For more information as it evolves, please visit www.govtwaste.org (on your own dime, of course).

If your access to this site is blocked, hopefully you’ll figure out why and find your way back on your own dime and on your own private internet connection.

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Border Patrol agent Aaron Anaya please guilty to drug-related firearm offense

Aaron Anaya

Phoenix New Times:  Border Patrol Agent Who Said He Was “F***ed” After Being Caught Smuggling Weed Was Right, Will Go to Prison (Apr 10 2013)

Border Patrol Agent Aaron Anaya, who said he was “fucked” after getting caught smuggling about 147 pounds of marijuana into the United States while on the job, was more or less correct in his assessment.    Anaya signed a plea agreement today that will send him to prison for five years.

KTAR:  Arizona border agent pleads guilty to drug-related gun charge (Apr 10 2013)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border has pleaded guilty to a felony drug-related gun charge.  The possible punishment for Agent Aaron Anaya, 25, ranges from a mandatory five-year minimum sentence up to life in prison for his guilty plea Wednesday to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense  …  As part of his plea, Anaya admitted that he would have used service weapons- a handgun and rifle- that he carried while on duty to protect himself and the marijuana load if a situation had arisen in which rival traffickers would have tried to steal the drugs.

ABC 15:  Border Patrol agent Aaron Anaya accused of pot smuggling set to change plea (Apr 10 2013)

Previously blogged here:

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Border Patrol agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang pleads guilty to aiding smugglers

Ivhan Herrera-Chiang

Yuma Sun:  Ex-Border Patrol agent, state prison corrections officer plead guilty (Apr 15 2013)

A former Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent and a former corrections officer at a Yuma-area state prison have both pleaded guilty to conspiring to help a drug trafficking organization smuggle illegal entrants and drugs into the United States.  Ivhan Herrera-Chiang, 29, who at the time was stationed in Yuma, and Michael Lopez-Garcia, 28, who used to be assigned to the Arizona State Prison Complex in San Luis, pleaded guilty to plea agreements in federal court in Phoenix.  Herrera-Chiang entered his guilty plea to bribery of a public official on Friday. The plea deal calls for Herrera to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, pay a maximum fine of $250,000 and serve three years of supervised probation after his release.

Herrera-Chiang’s alleged role was to obtain and disclose sensitive information, including sensor maps, combinations to gates near the U.S-Mexican border, computer records concerning prior drug seizures and the identity of confidential informants. He had access to such information by virtue of his membership in a Border Patrol intelligence unit.

The only other stories available are AP wire stories all based on the above Yuma Star article:

The plea agreement can be read here (courtesy Yuma Sun).

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San Francisco Customs & Border Protection Officer Gilbert Lam Busted for Kiddie Porn

Makes you wonder — when they bust someone for kiddie porn, do they add the kiddie porn to their own collections?

Gilbert Lam

ABC Local KGO:  San Francisco Homeland Security agent facing child porn charges (Mar 4 2013)

The investigation started back in 2011 and ended just last week with the arrest of Agent Gilbert Lam.  It was a lengthy investigation. Lam was caught by San Jose police officers assigned to the task force on Internet crime against children. Since he lived in San Francisco, they turned the case over to police there.

San Francisco Chronicle:  SFO customs cop charged with child porn (Mar 15 2013)

A homeland security officer at San Francisco International Airport has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, authorities said Friday.  Gilbert Lam, 37, of San Francisco was arrested last Saturday after an investigation uncovered at least 80 video files on his home computer and other electronic devices, some involving children under age 10, said Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco district attorney.  Authorities say Lam swapped child-porn files online. None of the charges involves Lam’s work at the airport.  Lam, a uniformed officer at San Francisco International, is still employed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Officer Frank Falcon, a customs spokesman in San Francisco.

CBS Local San Francisco:  Federal Agent Working At SFO Arrested For Child Porn (Mar 15 2013)

Gilbert Lam, 37, was arrested last Saturday and will be arraigned on March 26 on two felony charges of distributing and possession of child pornography, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Alex Bastian said.  The investigation began in August 2011 when San Jose police began a child porn investigation and eventually identified Lam, a San Francisco resident, as a suspect. They contacted San Francisco police and authorities served search warrants at Lam’s home, confiscating several electronic devices, Bastian said.  More than 80 child porn videos were found in the suspect’s possession, including ones of children younger than 10 years old, according to Bastian.

San Francisco Weekly:  Gilbert Lam, Department of Homeland Security Employee, Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges (Mar 15 2013)

[Gilbert] Lam’s arrest came after San Jose cops raided his home in 2011. The San Jose-based Internet crimes task force, which is set up to bust Internet users who dabble in kiddie porn, found 80 videos of child pornography after a forensic search was performed on “computers, hard drives, and electronic media” located in his bedroom, according to authorities.  He’s accused of possessing the videos in question as well as distributing them via the Internet, through BitTorrent or other methods.  It’s not yet known how Lam landed on authorities’ radar initially, or why it took over a-year-and-a-half after the raid for police to arrest him.  Since Lam is a federal employee, the case was turned over to the local U.S. Attorney’s Office, which kicked the case back to local cops. The case was back in the laps of San Francisco police on Feb. 28, and a warrant for Lam’s arrest was issued on March 7; he was arrested two days later.

Daily Journal:  Federal agent at San Francisco International Airport arrested for child porn  (Mar 16 2013)

Gilbert Lam, 37, was arrested last Saturday and will be arraigned on March 26 on two felony charges of distributing and possession of child pornography, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Alex Bastian said.  The investigation began in August 2011 when San Jose police began a child porn investigation and eventually identified Lam, a San Francisco resident, as a suspect. They contacted San Francisco police and authorities served search warrants at Lam’s home, confiscating several electronic devices, Bastian said.

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Border Patrol Agent Miguel Lerma Jr. Arrested for Two Rapes

Miguel Lerma Jr.

Today (Monday 7 January) should be day 3 of his trial.

Fountain Valley Patch:  Rape Trial Set Today for Fountain Valley Border Patrol Agent  (Jan 3 2013)

A border patrol agent from Fountain Valley is schedule to face trial today for the rapes of two women.  Miguel Lerma Jr., 31, is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Garden Grove in 2010 and another woman in Long Beach in 2009. If convicted, he faces 32 years in prison.

Garden Grove Journal:  Border and customs officer arrested by GGPD (Mar 31 2011)

Garden Grove police have arrested a federal law officer on charges of sexual assault and making terrorist threats.  Miguel Lerma, Jr., of Fountain Valley, was arrested today (Thursday) as he left for work. He is currently a U.S. Custom and Border Protection Officer for the Department of Homeland Security.  According to Lt. John Keely of the Garden Grove Police Department, Lerma was arrested in connection with the November 2010 sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in Garden Grove.  The case initially went unsolved, but was later linked to a similar assault in Long Beach through DNA evidence. That led to Lerma, say police.

ABC Local KABC:  US Customs officer accused of raping 2 women (Apr 1 2011)

According to Garden Grove Police Lt. Scott Watson, DNA evidence led investigators to Fountain Valley resident Miguel Lerma Jr. Police said Lerma’s DNA matches two cases.  A woman said Lerma picked her up in Santa Ana in November and then drove to Garden Grove and sexually assaulted her. His DNA also matched a case in Long Beach from 2009.

UPI:  Border agent arrested in California rape (Apr 1 2011)

Miguel Lerma Jr. was arrested at his home in Fountain Valley in Orange County Thursday as he left for his job as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with Homeland Security, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported.  Lerma is accused of picking up a 20-year-old woman on a Santa Ana street last November and sexually assaulting her inside his vehicle.  The crime was unsolved until police linked DNA from the case to a 2009 assault in Long Beach.

Orange County District Attorney:  Press Release (Apr 4 2011)

For Immediate Release
Case # 11WF0759

April 4, 2011

Contacts:

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER CHARGED WITH RAPING TWO WOMEN

*Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims

WESTMINSTER – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two women. Miguel Lerma Jr., 31, Fountain Valley, is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force, and forcible oral copulation for Jane Doe #1 and one felony count of rape by use of drugs for Jane Doe #2. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in state prison. Lerma is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment April 18, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At the time of the sexual assaults, Lerma was employed as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On Sept. 10, 2010, Lerma is accused of meeting Jane Doe #2 while she was out drinking with a friend in Long Beach. Over the course of the night, Jane Doe #2 became intoxicated due to alcohol and blacked out. While the victim was unconscious from alcohol intoxication, Lerma is accused of raping her. She did not know the defendant prior to this evening. The victim later awoke lying in the bushes alone.

Jane Doe #2 reported the rape and Lerma was interviewed and submitted a DNA swab as part of the investigation. The investigation for the rape of Jane Doe #2 was still ongoing and had not been charged by the Los Angeles County’s Office as of November 2010.

On Nov. 14, 2010, Lerma is accused of picking up prostitute Jane Doe #1, driving her to an industrial area in Garden Grove, and parking the car. The victim, who did not know the defendant, became frightened and tried to get out of the vehicle. Lerma is accused of getting out of the car, forcing Jane Doe #1 to orally copulate him and forcibly raping and sodomizing her while outside of the car. He is accused of then getting back into his car and fleeing the scene.

Jane Doe #1 immediately reported the sexual assault to the police. DNA was collected from the rape examination. On March 15, 2011, the DNA from the attack on Jane Doe #1 was linked to the DNA provided by Lerma for the rape of Jane Doe #2.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Lerma for the Orange and Los Angeles County victims. The Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) and Long Beach Police Department investigated their respective cases.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or GGPD Detective Dave Young at (714) 741-5836.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

More articles about the arrest:

Orange County Weekly:  Miguel Lerma Jr., Border Patrol Officer, Held in Sexual Assaults of Women in Garden Grove and Long Beach (Apr 4 2011)

U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer Miguel Lerma Jr. has been charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation for allegedly attacking a woman in Garden Grove, plus one felony count of rape by use of drugs for the accusations involving a woman in Long Beach.  If convicted, Lerma could get up to 32 years in state prison, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office (OCDA), which also noted the 29-year-old is being held in lieu of $1 million bail before his arraignment is scheduled to continue April 18 in Westminster.

Fountain Valley Patch: Lerma Arraignment Postponed for Second Time:  Rape suspect’s defense cites delay in access to police reports, other evidence from law enforcement (Apr 18 2011)

A Fountain Valley man charged with sexually assaulting two women had his arraignment postponed for a second time Monday because, his attorney said, of a lack of access to pertinent documents from law enforcement  …   Lerma, 31, first appeared in Judge John Adams’ court at the West Justice Center in Westminster on April 4 and has remained in custody at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest. He appeared visibly thinner at his Monday morning appearance as he agreed once again to waive his right to a timely arraignment.

Garden Grove Journal:  Hearing for man accused of rape, threats (Aug 5 2012)

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday in the case of a former federal law officer accused of sexual assault of a woman in Garden Grove and making terrorist threats.  The hearing for Miguel Lerma, Jr. is set for the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.  According to authorities, the suspect, who was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer for the Department of Homeland Security, is accused of raping an intoxicated 20-year-old woman in Long Beach. She awoke alone in some bushes.  The victim reported the rape and submitted a DNA swab.  Authorities allege that Lerma picked up another woman, a prostitute, and drove to an industrial area of Garden Grove. He is accused of forcing her to orally copulate him, then forcibly raped and sodomized her. DNA collected from the rape examination was linked to the evidence gathered from the other victim.

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FBI agent John A. Yervelli arrested for public lewdness (driving without pants)

 

Buffalo News:  Driving without pants leads to charge against FBI agent  (Dec 11 2012)

Troopers said they received a report from a truck driver that Special Agent John A. Yervelli made lewd gestures toward him while not wearing pants and driving on the Thruway in Eden.  Yervelli, 48, of Lake View, faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge  …  A source familiar with Yervelli’s work as a FBI agent said he is involved in at least one pending criminal case.  He also was involved in a large-scale federal probe of narcotics, gun and gang activity on Buffalo’s West Side that resulted in federal charges against 27 people in 2010.

Press King:  New Details on FBI Agent Driving without pants (Dec 12 2012)

Federal prosecutors conducting an internal review of criminal cases involving an FBI agent facing a charge of public lewdness got more than they bargained for. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. ordered the review after Special Agent John A. Yervelli was arrested Friday night by state police. New details have emerged that Special Agent Alan Raines was traveling in the vehicle with Yervelli at the time of the incident.

A source familiar with Yervelli’s work as a FBI agent said he is involved in at least one pending criminal case.He also was involved in a large-scale federal probe of narcotics, gun and gang activity on Buffalo’s West Side that resulted in federal charges against 27 people in 2010.

Raines’ history is more checkered, flagged with disciplinary proceedings. Raines was involved in a April 4th 2009 raid of then Lancaster Highway Superintendent Richard Reese, when Raines filed a criminal compliant. The complaint goes on to say that Reese looked at Special Agent Raines and stated words to the effect that “if I wanted to, I could have taken you both down.” Reese was later charged for assaulting federal agents due to the compliant, the charges were later dropped.

WGRX:  Buffalo FBI Agent Busted (Dec 11 2012)

A Special Agent working in the Buffalo office of the FBI is due in Eden Town Court later this month, after being arrested by New York State Police last Friday night, charged with exposing himself to a fellow motorist on the New York State Thruway.  State Police Lt. David Denz confirmed for WGRZ-TV that John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, of Lakeview, was charged with Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

Your News Now:  FBI agent charged with public lewdness (Dec 10 2012)

An FBI agent faces charges of public lewdness.  According to State Police, 48-year old John Yervelli of Lake View was pulled over Friday night on Interstate 90 at the Hamburg interchange. Police said this was after a driver of another vehicle called police to say the agent was pantsless and making lewd gestures.

Wall Street Journal:  Buffalo FBI agent arrested on lewdness charge (Dec 11 2012)

Authorities say an FBI agent has been charged with public lewdness after a trucker told state troopers that the man made lewd gestures toward him while not wearing pants and driving on the Thruway outside Buffalo.  State police tell local media outlets that Special Agent John Yervelli of the FBI’s Buffalo office was charged late Friday night after a trooper pulled over his minivan at a toll plaza just south of the city.

WBFO:  Local FBI agent charged with lewdness (Dec 11 2012)

State Police arrested a local FBI late last week on public lewdness charges.  48-year-old John Yervelli, Jr. of Lake View is accused of exposing himself to a truck driver while traveling along the eastbound I-90 Friday night in Eden.   According to State Police, Yervelli drove alongside a semi truck.  The trucker told state troopers Yervelli turned on the dome light and made lewd gestures while not wearing pants. He called police to report the incident and gave a description of the car and license plates.

WNY Media:  No Pants!  (Dec 11 2012)

An FBI agent was arrested last Friday on public lewdness charges.  State Police say 48-year-old John Yervelli, Jr. of Lake View was traveling on the eastbound I-90 in Eden around 9 p.m. when he pulled alongside a semi.  The truck driver reportedly told troopers when Yervelli got to his window, Yervelli turned on the dome light and made lewd gestures while not wearing pants.

Village Voice:  FBI Agent Arrested For Driving Without Pants and Allegedly Trying to Seduce a Truck Driver (Dec 11 2011)

Some law enforcement officers like to unwind from a tough week on the job with a nice drink. Apparently one Buffalo, N.Y. FBI agent prefers to unwind by unzipping his pants and seducing truck drivers.  John A. Yervelli, a 48-year-old special agent for the FBI’s Buffalo office, allegedly pulled alongside a truck on an upstate thruway, signaled to the driver of the truck that he was not wearing any pants and proceeded to make lewd gestures, according to a Buffalo News report.

WIVB:  FBI agent accused of public lewdness (Dec 10 2012)

An FBI agent was arrested last Friday on public lewdness charges.  State Police say 48-year-old John Yervelli, Jr. of Lake View was traveling on the eastbound I-90 in Eden around 9 p.m. when he pulled alongside a semi.  The truck driver reportedly told troopers when Yervelli got to his window, Yervelli turned on the dome light and made lewd gestures while not wearing pants  …  Yervelli was processed and released on an appearance ticket. He is due in Eden Town Court at a later date.

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