Joseph W. Giuliano, Deputy Chief Border Patrol Agent for Blaine Sector, Repeatedly Raped 14-year-Old Foster Child

As the second in command at the Blaine sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, Joseph W. Giuliano “was the face of the Border Patrol in the Northwest,” …  Giuliano, the sector’s deputy chief patrol agent, commanded approximately 250 agents who protected the U.S. border in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. He had an annual salary of more than $130,000 and a government-issued Chevrolet Tahoe to drive to and from work.  That was until Thursday Oct. 16, when Giuliano, 55, was arrested at his Sudden Valley home on suspicion of child rape and placed on indefinite suspension.  Instead of a crisp Border Patrol uniform, he wore the wrinkled scrubs, socks and sandals of an inmate as guards escorted him through Whatcom County Jail and into a courtroom Thursday afternoon (National Border Patrol Council, Oct 17 2008)

Mac Setter, chief deputy prosecutor for Whatcom County, alleged in court last week that Giuliano had sex with her for the last time on Oct. 13, after police had already visited the girl’s high school and had told Giuliano that he was under investigation, at which time he denied anything was happening. Setter says later, the girl told police they had sex later that same night. (KOMO News, Oct 24 2008)

So he knows they’re on to him and rapes her again anyway?  This is the type of cream that rises to the top and leads by example in the Border patrol.

Seattle Post Intelligencer:  Border Patrol official charged with sexual assault of foster child (Oct 15 2008)

One of the state’s ranking border patrolofficials has been changed with sexual assault by the Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which alleges the man had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in his care as a foster child.  Joseph W. Giuliano, 55, was charged with three counts of third-degree child rape in Whatcom County Superior Court Wednesday.  Giuliano is the deputy chief of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Blaine Sector.

KOMO News:  Blaine Border Patrol official accused of child rape (Oct 15 2008)

A high-ranking official of the U.S. Border Patrol is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.   Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano, 55, was charged with three counts of rape of a child in the third degree on Wednesday. As a result, he was relieved of his duties with the Border Patrol.

Investigators first learned about the alleged abuse through an anonymous tip they received on Monday. Upon investigating, they discovered the victim had told her peers about the incidents.   The victim later told detectives she had, in fact, been involved with Giuliano. She said they arranged meeting times by communicating through text messages. The two met in his car, in her bed and at his house, she said.   When questioned by detectives, Giuliano admitted to having had sexual intercourse with the victim on at least 24 different occasions, according to the statement of probable cause. He said their relationship began in April of 2008 and continued until recently.   At times, he told the girl it was wrong and feared he would get caught, the statement said.

Seattle Times:  Blaine Border Patrol official charged with rape (Oct 15 2008)

The deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector has been charged with three counts of child rape, accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

The sheriff’s office learned of the alleged abuse this week when the girl told some classmates, who called authorities, The Bellingham Herald reported. The alleged abuse had been going on since spring, the newspaper reported.

Charging documents alleged Giuliano admitted to investigators having sex with the girl at least 24 times, beginning on a trip to Arizona. At times, he told the girl it was wrong and feared he would get caught, the court documents said.

Peninsula Daily News:  Area’s No. 2 Border Patrol agent arrested, removed from duties (Oct 16 2008)

KIRO TV:  Border Patrol Official Charged With Child Rape (Oct 16 2008)

Whatcom County investigators said Joseph Guiliano admitted to repeatedly molesting a teenage girl living with him and his wife at their home in Bellingham’s Sudden Valley housing development.  KIRO 7 reporter Jeff Dubois said there is no formal foster relationship between the girl and Guiliano. She’s been living at his home while her parents were going through a divorce.  “They took her in to provide her a place to stay while she was going through some difficult circumstances and then Mr. Guiliano exploited that situation,” said Sheriff Bill Elfo of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

San Juan Journal:  U.S. Border Patrol’s Giuliano accused of child rape (Oct 16 2008)

It was just six months ago that the U.S. Border Patrol’s second-highest ranking official in the region was in Friday Harbor defending citizenship spot checks at the Anacortes ferry terminal and the agency’s enforcement of federal immigration law.  Now, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano has trouble with the law of his own.  According to stories published Wednesday in The Bellingham Herald and The Seattle Times, Giuliano, 55, is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl who began staying at his home as a foster child earlier this year.

Oregonian:  Blaine border patrol deputy chief charged with child rape (Oct 16 2008)

The deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector has been charged with three counts of child rape, accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl who was his foster child  …  The deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector has been charged with three counts of child rape, accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl who was his foster child.

KATU:  Senior Border Patrol official accused of child rape (Oct 16 2008)

National Border Patrol Council:  Border Patrol deputy chief has bail set at $50,000  (Oct 17 2008)

As the second in command at the Blaine sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, Joseph W. Giuliano “was the face of the Border Patrol in the Northwest,” spokesman Michael Bermudez said.  Giuliano, the sector’s deputy chief patrol agent, commanded approximately 250 agents who protected the U.S. border in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. He had an annual salary of more than $130,000 and a government-issued Chevrolet Tahoe to drive to and from work.  That was until Thursday Oct. 16, when Giuliano, 55, was arrested at his Sudden Valley home on suspicion of child rape and placed on indefinite suspension.  Instead of a crisp Border Patrol uniform, he wore the wrinkled scrubs, socks and sandals of an inmate as guards escorted him through Whatcom County Jail and into a courtroom Thursday afternoon

Peninsula Daily News:  High Border Patrol agent held for child rape (Oct 17 2008)

A high ranking U.S. Border Patrol agent was booked into Whatcom County jail Thursday after he was charged Wednesday with three counts of the third-degree child rape of a 14-year-old girl who was living with him and his wife, court documents say.
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph W. Giuliano, 55, who is second-in-command of the Border Patrol’s Blaine sector that includes the North Olympic Peninsula, allegedly admitted to investigators to having sexual intercourse with the girl at least 24 times since April, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.  Giuliano has recently had a high profile on the North Olympic Peninsula, commenting as a Border Patrol spokesman on the agency’s roadblocks in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Mexico Trucker:  High Border Patrol agent held for child rape (Oct 17 2008)

One of the top U.S. Border Patrol officials responsible for Alaska has been arrested at his home in Washington on child rape charges.  The Whatcom County sheriff’s office said deputies arrested Joseph W. Giuliano, the deputy chief patrol agent at the agency’s Blaine sector, on Thursday at his home. Blaine sector covers Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.  The 55-year-old man had been charged Wednesday in Whatcom County Superior Court with raping a 14-year-old girl who was staying in his home. Prosecutors charged him with three counts of third-degree child rape.

As deputy chief, Giuliano had been the public face of the agency as it expands its operations on the state’s border with Canada. The Border Patrol has been criticized for operating sporadic checkpoints on several Washington state roads and ferry runs since the start of the year.  Giuliano often met with city and county councils and gave interviews to the media.

Island Sounder:  Border Patrol’s Giuliano charged with child rape (Oct 22 2008)

It was just six months ago that the U.S. Border Patrol’s second-highest ranking official in the region was in Friday Harbor defending citizenship spot checks at the Anacortes ferry terminal and the agency’s enforcement of federal immigration law.  Now, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano has trouble of his own with the law.  According to stories published Oct.15 in The Bellingham Herald and The Seattle Times, Giuliano, 55, is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl who began staying at his home as a foster child earlier this year.  Prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges in Whatcom County Superior Court accusing Giuliano of three counts of child rape, according to the Herald.  On Thursday Oct. 16, Giuliano, was arrested at his Sudden Valley home on suspicion of child rape and placed on indefinite suspension.

The Northern Light:  Top U.S. border official arrested on child rape charges (Oct 23 2008)

A top official for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector was arrested last week on child rape charges.  Joseph W. Giuliano, 55, deputy chief of the Border Patrol’s Blaine office of field operations, was arrested last Thursday after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who had been living with him in his Sudden Valley home.  Whatcom County prosecutors charged him with three counts of child rape, a Class C Felony.

A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Officer learned about the case from an anonymous call from Bellingham high school, according to documents filed with Whatcom County Superior Court.  The girl told her friends she had been sexually active with Giuliano, who was acting as her foster parent. She had been residing in his home with Giuliano and his wife since early 2008 after her parents separated.  The two began having sex during a family trip to Arizona, which continued after they returned home, often communicating meeting times via cell phone.  He told prosecutors he had sex with the girl on at least 24 occasions.  At times, Giuliano told the girl he was afraid of getting caught and that he knew it was wrong, according to court documents.

National Border Patrol Council:  Border Patrol agent in Blaine pleads not guilty to child rape  (Oct 24 2008)

Joseph W. Giuliano, the former second in command of the Blaine sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, pleaded not guilty to child rape charges in Whatcom County Superior Court Friday, Oct. 24  …  Giuliano admitted to investigators that he had sex at least 24 times since late April with a 14-year-old girl staying in his home, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

So he ‘fessed up, then wasted everybody’s time with a “not guilty” plea?

The girl moved into Giuliano’s Sudden Valley home after her parents separated in late February or early March, according to charging documents.  The girl is now under the custody of Child Protective Services and is living with friends of her parents, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter said.  In April, someone living in the Giuliano home called CPS to express concerns about the girl’s living arrangement but did not allege abuse, neglect or evidence of a crime, said Thomas Shapley, director of communication for the state Department of Social and Health Services.  Shapley said the person was not Giuliano’s wife, Patricia, but wouldn’t say specifically who called. Patricia Giuliano was not aware of the abuse, Setter said.

KOMO News:  Ex-Border Patrol agent pleads not guity to child rape (Oct 24 2008)

Joseph Giuliano, the former high-ranking Border Patrol official accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty to third-degree child rape Friday.

Giuliano, 55, made the plea during his arraignment in Whatcom County Superior Court, and the judge set a trial date of Jan. 20 in the case.  Up until two weeks ago, Giuliano was the No. 2 man in the local Border Patrol. Now he is in jail on suspicion of raping the high school girl, who was a friend of the family.  Police say Giuliano admits he had sex at least 24 times with the girl.  Mac Setter, chief deputy prosecutor for Whatcom County, alleged in court last week that Giuliano had sex with her for the last time on Oct. 13, after police had already visited the girl’s high school and had told Giuliano that he was under investigation, at which time he denied anything was happening. Setter says later, the girl told police they had sex later that same night.

Seattle Times:  Former Border Patrol deputy chief pleads guilty to child rape (Apr 23 2009)

Joseph W. Giuliano, once described as “the face of the Border Patrol in the Northwest,” pleaded guilty to child rape charges today in Whatcom County Superior Court …

Seattle Times:  Ex-Border Patrol official guilty of child rape (Apr 23 2009)

Joseph W. Giuliano pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of third-degree child rape in Whatcom County Superior Court in Bellingham.

Seattle Times:  Former Blaine Border Patrol official pleads guilty to child rape (Apr 23 2009)

Giuliano’s sentencing is scheduled for June 25, which allows the state Department of Corrections time to recommend if he should undergo sexual-deviancy treatment or serve prison time.  Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter said he’s recommending Giuliano serve one year in custody of the Whatcom County Jail on work release and three years of sexual-deviancy treatment after that.  Setter said he’s recommending that the judge suspend Giuliano’s prison sentence, so that he wouldn’t serve prison time as long as he complied with his treatment.

Thankfully the judge didn’t buy into this recommendation for such an incredibly light sentence.

San Juan Journal:  Former Border Patrol chief could get one year in jail, three years treatment, for child rape (May 1 2009)

On April 23, Giuliano, 55, pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to three counts of child rape and, according to the Bellingham Herald, will likely be sentenced to one year in jail, on work release, and three years of sexual-deviancy treatment.  That’s the recommended sentence submitted to the court by prosecutors in Whatcom County, according to the Herald.  Judges are not bound by sentencing recommendations  …

Mexico Trucker:  Former Blaine Border Patrol deputy chief pleads guilty to child rape (June 23 2009)

Seattle Times:  Ex-Border Patrol official gets to 4 years for rape  (June 25 2009)

A Whatcom County Superior Court judge has sentenced a former U.S. Border Patrol official to four years in prison for child rape.

Joseph W. Giuliano, 55, pleaded to three counts of third-degree child rape after admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old girl more than two dozen times last year. The girl had lived in Giuliano’s home  …  Whatcom County Superior Court judge Charles Snyder rejected recommendations from prosecutors and defense attorneys of no jail time for Giuliano.

KOMO News:  Ex-Border Patrol official gets 4 years for child rape (June 25 2009)

Joseph Giuliano, a former high-ranking Border Patrol official, will serve up to four years in prison for third-degree child rape, a judge ruled  …  The girl, now 16, was in the courtroom during the sentencing. She said the relationship was consensual and asked the judge to be lenient. But Judge Chuck Snyder rejected the defense request for a one-year sentence.

KOMO News:  Attorney: ‘DSHS literally did nothing’ after abuse warnings in high profile case (May 17 2012)

A new legal claim against Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services reveals allegations that DSHS officials may have ignored explicit warnings of sexual abuse by a high profile federal border official five months before he was arrested for raping a 14 year old girl  …  Now KOMO 4 News Problem Solver Tracy Vedder has uncovered documents that indicate DSHS officials were tipped off in the early days that the abuse was beginning.   “DSHS literally did nothing,” says Attorney David Moody.   Moody in turn has filed an official legal claim against DSHS.

KOMO News:  Documents show CPS was warned about sexual abuse and didn’t act (May 17 2012)

We were all disgusted when we first heard about this case four years ago. The Deputy Chief for our region’s Border Patrol confessed to raping the 14-year-old girl living with him. But the KOMO 4 Problem Solvers have uncovered a shocking secret about that case: Someone warned Child Protective Services that this sexual abuse would happen. And CPS did nothing.

Giuliano’s adult stepdaughter, Deanna Hartnell, knew something was going on.    “It just felt really really wrong it felt really inappropriate,” she said.  Hartnell and her two young children were living with Giuliano and her mother. Hartnell was dating the 14-year old’s father. There was friction at his home between his daughter and his mother, so Hartnell invited the girl to live with her at the Giuliano home. But Hartnell says Giuliano’s behavior toward the girl quickly turned “creepy.”    “Just inappropriate jokes, very heavily sexual jokes,” she said.  In addition to the sexual jokes, Hartnell says he showered the girl with gifts, such as an expensive camera and a laptop. She says Giuliano would pick the girl up early from school and take her out late at night for coffee, “making her feel very important, putting her into his world and making her feel special, and he was perfectly grooming her.”

Read the rest at KOMO News – lots of salacious details about CBP’s Deputy Chief Perv in the Blaine sector.

 

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