Tampa Tribune: Former Immigration Official Arrested In Tampa (Nov 17 2007)
A former immigration enforcement agent employed at MacDill Air Force Base was arrested in Tampa Friday night in connection with the rape of a 39-year-old Jamaican detainee, according to records and published reports. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, is accused of sexually assaulting the mother of two at his Tamarac home, in Broward County, on Sept. 21, the Miami Herald reported in today’s edition, citing a criminal complaint filed Friday in Miami federal court.
Florida Times-Union: Former immigration agent charged with raping woman in his custody (Nov 17 2007)
A former immigration enforcement agent has been charged with raping a woman he was transporting from a Miami-Dade detention center to another in Broward, according to federal criminal charges. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, sexually assaulted a 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on Sept. 21 at his Tamarac home, according to the criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court.
Lubbock On-Line: Former federal immigration agent charged in woman’s rape (Nov 18 2007)
A former immigration agent has been charged with raping a woman he was transferring between detention centers, according to a federal criminal complaint, and authorities are investigating whether she was the only one … He is accused of sexually assaulting a 39-year-old Jamaican woman on Sept. 21 at his Tamarac home.
Private Officer Breaking News: Federal “ICE” Agent Arrested For Rape Of Prisoner (Nov 18 2007)
An immigration agent driving a Jamaican woman from a Miami-Dade detention center to one in Broward took her to his home instead and raped her, according to federal criminal charges filed late Friday. A criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court alleges that Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, sexually assaulted the 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on the afternoon of Sept. 21 at his Tamarac home. The woman said she was ”afraid” of Vazquez, according to the three-count criminal complaint. She “emphasized that Vazquez was wearing his firearm at all times, and she did not know what he was capable of doing to her.” Federal authorities are poring over computer records and other documents that track Vazquez’s involvement in previous detainee transfers to see if other women were attacked but feared coming forward.
… the woman was released from immigration detention Nov. 1 … ”I was scared for my life,” the woman said in a telephone interview before being released. “He had a gun. He’s a big man, and I was in his custody. I expected him to protect me, not to take advantage of me.”
The Jamaican woman was being processed at Krome for transfer to Pompano Beach after being sentenced to time served in connection with a false claim to U.S. citizenship. Immigration officials planned to put her in deportation proceedings after having lived in in the United States for 12 years. She has a 20-year-old daughter and a young son.
She was at Krome’s intake room when Vazquez noticed her among a crowd of male detainees, according to a statement she gave to her attorneys. In that statement, the woman said the officer told intake officials he would drive her to the Pompano Beach facility. Then he turned to the woman and said: “I’ll rescue you, so you don’t have to wait for them to process all the men.”
Before putting her in the back of a van, Vazquez took the handcuffs off the woman and allegedly said: “I don’t cuff females.” A Broward Sheriff’s Office report said Vazquez later stopped the van, after asking the woman if she was hungry, and said: “You can sit in the front if you are going to be a good girl.” Vazquez then asked the woman if she needed to make a phone call, handed her an earpiece and dialed calls to the woman’s daughter and a friend. After she finished the calls, the officer asked her if she was wearing ”federal underwear” and to show it to him. ”I told him no,” according to the statement.
Later, the officer called his wife on his cellphone to check if she was at home. ”He told me that she was not,” the woman said in the statement.
Inside his home he asked her to “take off those federal clothes.” ‘I just stood there praying to myself, saying, `God, please don’t let this man hurt me.’ I was asking God to have mercy so this man wouldn’t kill me. . . . All I could think of was . . . if he was crazy enough to bring me to his house and rape me, then what would he be willing to do to cover it up?”
After about 15 minutes, the agent ordered her to get dressed and walk to the van.
She noticed a van parked across the street with lights on. ”I thought about running over there and screaming for help,” she stated. “But then I thought he might just shoot me in the back and say that I tried to escape from him.” After arriving at the Broward facility, the woman was taken to her room. “I just laid on my bed in the fetal position crying.”
A short time later, another Jamaican female detainee asked why she was crying. The woman shared what happened. The next day, the other detainee reported the conversation to facility officials, who took the victim to the BSO and a treatment center.
The woman told The Miami Herald that she keeps replaying the episode in her mind and wondering whether she could have done something to prevent it. ‘I keep thinking, `What could I have done to stop him?’ ” she asked.
WSVN: Immigration agent charged with raping woman in his custody (Nov 19 2007)
Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, sexually assaulted a 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on Sept. 21 at his Tamarac home, according to the criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court. He was fired from his position as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shortly after the initial complaint was lodged against him, an ICE statement said.
Tampa Tribune: Story’s Details Led To Rape Charge (Nov 20 2007)
Investigators used SunPass records and a Jamaican woman’s memory for detail to file rape charges against an immigration agent who insisted he drove her only from one detention center to another. The 39-year-old mother of two said Wilfredo Vazquez stopped at his house in between and forced her to have sex. He was arrested in Tampa on Friday and appeared in U.S. District Court here Monday to face charges of rape and abusing his authority.
Records released Monday give this account of the Sept. 21 incident:
The woman had been held three months at a federal detention center, awaiting deportation for making false statements about her passport and her legal status, when she was placed in the custody of Vazquez, then an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vazquez’s last assignment of the day was to take her from the Krome Service Processing Center west of Miami to the Broward Transition Center in Pompano Beach. She was the only passenger. He drove a white van with markings from the Department of Homeland Security.
In a sworn statement, the woman said Vazquez removed her restraints when he put her in the back of the van behind a partition. He told her he would move her up front if she was a “good girl.” After leaving the processing center, Vazquez pulled the van over and escorted the woman to the front passenger seat. He let her use his cell phone to make personal calls, she said. After that, Vazquez asked her to show him her underwear, she said. She said she refused. She said he used a vulgar phrase, telling her he wanted to have sex with her. Then he drove her to his house in Tamarac, she said.
The woman described the route in detail to investigators, according to a federal criminal affidavit. She provided a description of the house inside and out. She said once inside, Vazquez told her to take off her clothes and left the room, returning with a condom. She told authorities she didn’t outwardly resist because she was afraid of Vazquez. He was wearing his firearm, she said. She told investigators he forced himself on her. “At all times, Vazquez was wearing his uniform and kept his gun and belt attached to his waist,” the criminal complaint states. The woman told investigators they returned to the van and stopped at a gas station next to the Broward Transition Center, where he moved her from the front passenger seat to the back.
Yahoo News: Immigration Agent Wilfredo Vazquez Charged with Sexual Abuse: He Denies He Drove the Victim to His House, but Transponder Records Show Otherwise (Nov 21 2007)
Wilfredo Vazquez is being charged with “knowingly causing” a woman detainee in his charge to perform a sexual act. He now faces life in prison if convicted.
During the investigation, the victim correctly described the route to Vazquez’s home. She also accurately described both the exterior and interior of the Vazquez home. During questioning, Vazquez denied making any stops other than the gas station while transporting the victim. However, toll road transponder records from the van Vazquez was driving showed that he exited the Florida Turnpike onto a road that was near his home.
CN Weekly: Immigration agent charged with rape (Nov 25 2007)
United States federal authorities say an immigration agent driving a Jamaican woman from a Miami detention centre to another one in Broward country in Florida took her to his home instead and raped her.
A criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court Friday alleges that Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, sexually assaulted the 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on the afternoon of September 21. Because of the nature of the crime, authorities said they were not releasing her name. According to the three-count criminal complaint, the woman said she was ”afraid” of Vazquez, and that he was “wearing his firearm at all times”. “She did not know what he was capable of doing to her,” the complaint said. As a result, federal authorities said they are poring over computer records and other documents that track Vazquez’s involvement in previous detainee transfers to see if other women were attacked but feared coming forward.
Washington Post: Former ICE Agent Pleads Guilty to Rape (Apr 3 2008)
A former immigration agent pleaded guilty to raping a Jamaican woman he was transferring between detention centers, authorities said Thursday. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, sexually assaulted a 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on Sept. 21 at his home in Tamarac. He was fired from his position as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shortly after the initial complaint was lodged against him, ICE officials said.
Sun Sentinel: Former federal agent pleads guilty to sex charge (Apr 4 2008)
In a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors, a former federal immigration agent pleaded guilty Thursday in Fort Lauderdale federal court to forcing a female detainee in his custody to have sex with him at his home. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, who worked for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, admitted he brought the prisoner to his home in Tamarac on Sept. 21 as he was taking her to a Broward County holding facility to await deportation to Jamaica. Vazquez initially denied the charges. Sentencing for Vazquez, who faces roughly seven years in prison, is set for June 19 before U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas.
Detention Watch Network: Ex-ICE agent: I had sex with immigration detainee (Miami Herald) (Apr 4 2008)
A fired immigration agent pleaded guilty Thursday to having sex with a Jamaican woman at his home while he was transferring her from a detention facility in Miami-Dade to another center in Broward. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, of Tamarac, also pleaded guilty to ”placing the woman in fear” during the sexual encounter. Vazquez cut a plea deal on the eve of trial this week, avoiding prosecution on the more serious charge of aggravated sexual assault. That’s the equivalent of sexual battery, or rape, in the state criminal court.
Vazquez, a decorated Iraq War veteran who had served in the Air Force for 16 years, was fired by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the woman alleged she was raped at his home in September. He had worked as an ICE agent for less than a year. Vazquez was transporting her from the Krome Detention Center in West Miami-Dade to the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach on Sept. 21. She was being moved after serving a few months at the Miami Federal Detention Center in connection with a false claim to U.S. citizenship. Immigration officials planned to put her in deportation proceedings. She has
lived in the United States for 12 years and has a daughter and son.
After the victim filed her complaint, immigration authorities granted the woman parole. FIAC is helping the woman obtain a visa that could lead to her establishing legal residency. ”We’re certainly trying to get her a U visa because she has fully cooperated with law-enforcement officials,” Little said, expressing her gratitude to prosecutors for making the case and writing a letter of certification supporting her visa.
Sun-Sentinel: Judge sentences ex-immigration agent in sex case (July 11 2008)
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge sentenced a former agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to seven years in prison on Thursday for forcing a female detainee in his custody to have sex with him at his Tamarac home. Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of sexual abuse, admitting he brought the woman to his home in September 2007 while transporting her to a Broward County holding facility for deportation to Jamaica … Dimitrouleas sentenced Vazquez to 87 months, the prison term agreed on by both sides in a plea agreement. Had the case gone to trial, the judge said, Vazquez would almost certainly have been convicted based on “overwhelming” evidence and faced a far more severe punishment.