Secret Service Agent Hector Reynaldo Cuellar Arrested for Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

If you enjoy blogging about police misconduct, DHS is the trainwreck that keeps on giving!

While a member of Obama’s protection detail is found passed out face down on a Miami sidewalk, a member of Biden’s protection detail allegedly is hard at work raping a 14-year-old family member.

Hector Reynaldo Cuellar

Fox News:  Secret Service officer charged with sexual assault of girl, 14 (Oct 24 2012)

A Secret Service officer assigned to Vice President Joe Biden’s residence was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in his custody.  Hector Reynaldo Cuellar of Woodbridge, Va., was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian, according to a daily incident report released by the Prince William County Police Department. He is being held without bond.  “The investigation revealed that the 14-year-old female victim was sexually assaulted by the accused family member on separate occasions between August and October of 2012,” according to the Prince William County Police Department’s daily incident report.

Huffington Post:  Hector Cuellar, Joe Biden’s Secret Service Officer, Charged With Sex Assault Of 14-Year-Old Girl  (Oct 25 2012)

A Secret Service officer who guarded Vice President Joe Biden’s residence was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he was taking care of.  Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, of Woodbridge, Va., is accused of assaulting his family member several times between August and October, according to a police report obtained by Fox News.  The police report does not mention Cuellar’s employment, but Fox News reports that he is a uniformed division officer assigned to Biden’s home in Washington, D.C. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told the station that he is “aware of the arrest” and that Cuellar was placed on administrative leave.

Washington Post:  Member of U.S. Secret Service arrested for sexual abuse in Woodbridge (Oct 25 2012)

Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, 51, of the 2900 block of Wetherburn Court in Woodbridge, was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian this week, according to Prince William County police. He was arrested Monday.  Police say the victim was a 14-year-old girl and was sexually assaulted by her family member between August and October this year.

WUSA 9:  Hector Reynaldo Cuellar of Woodbridge, Va. Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 14-Year-Old Girl (Oct 23 2012)

A man is charged with 3 counts of aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl several times between August and October.  Detectives received a report about a sexual assault in the Woodbridge area on Sunday. The found that a 14-year-old was sexually assaulted by a man she knew.  The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Hector Reynaldo Cuellar of Woodbridge.  He is being held in jail without bond.

CBS Local Washington:  Woodbridge Man Detained For Alleged Sexual Assault of 14-Year-Old Girl (Oct 23 2012)

Police say Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, 51, of Woodbridge, has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor after receiving a sexual assault report in the Woodbridge area Sunday.  The report was filed by a 14-year-old girl in the custody of Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, who says she was assaulted several times by the man between the months of August and October.  He is currently being held without bond.

CBS News:  U.S. Secret Service member charged with sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl: report  (Oct 26 2012)

A member of the U.S. Secret Service was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child this week, reports the Washington Post.  Prince William County police say that Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, a 51-year-old from Woodbridge, sexually assaulted his family member, a 14-year-old girl, between August and October of 2012.

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Customs Supervisor Sam Herbert Allen Busted for Smuggling & Bribery

Another of DHS’ finest busted …

San Bernardino Sun:  Diamond Bar Customs and Border Patrol agent accused in smuggling scheme (Oct 25 2012)

Investigators Thursday arrested a U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer from Diamond Bar on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for smuggling Chinese goods into the U.S. without required duties and taxes.  Sam Herbert Allen, 51, was arrested after being indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and making false statement to U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators.  Working alongside his ex-wife, who he convinced to open an importing business, and another defendant, Allen accepted bribes of $2,000 per shipment, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

Daily Breeze:  U.S. Customs officer, Diamond Bar man arrested for import tax scheme  (Oct 25 2012)

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer who oversaw the examination of release of goods entering the United States, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of bribery.  He is charged with allowing people, including his ex-wife, to bring cargo into the country without having to pay duties and taxes, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office officials.  Sam Herbert Allen, 51, is also suspected of smuggling cocaine into the country from Mexico and reselling it, according to an indictment  …   A news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office said from September 2009 to March 2010, Allen received more than $100,000 in bribes, mostly from his former wife, Wei Lai, in defrauding the nation out of $781,632 in unpaid taxes and fees.  Investigators learned Allen allegedly convinced his former wife to open up an import business as a free-trade zone which would bring in goods from China. Instead of immediately shipping the items to Mexico, which would allow Lai from paying any fees or duties, the cargo was sold in United States.

Daily News:  U.S. Customs officer in Los Angeles arrested on bribery charges (Oct 25 2012)

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer in Los Angeles was arrested today on charges of accepting bribes to allow others, including his ex-wife, to smuggle goods into the United States so they could avoid paying duties and taxes.  Sam Herbert Allen, 51, of Diamond Bar was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of conspiracy, bribery and making false statements to investigating agents with the Department of Homeland Security, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  ccording to the five-count indictment, Allen served as a supervisory officer assigned to oversee the examination and release of cargo entering the United States. After moving to other duties within CBP, Allen allegedly convinced his ex-wife — who was charged separately — to operate an importing business that would avoid paying duties on shipments coming from the People’s Republic of China.  The importing business — technically a “foreign trade zone” — would falsely claim that the shipments from China were not imported, but were instead immediately sent to Mexico, prosecutors allege. The indictment alleges that Allen promised to make the shipments appear to CBP as if they had been exported to Mexico, in exchange for bribe payments of $2,000 per shipment.

Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch:  Diamond Bar Man Arrested on Bribery Charges (Oct 25 2012)

Sam Herbert Allen, 51, works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer.  He faces charges of accepting bribes to allow others, including his former wife, so sneak goods into the United States so that they wouldn’t have to pay duties and taxes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  According to the five-count indictment, Allen served as a supervisory officer assigned to oversee the examination and release of cargo entering the United States. After he was transferred to other duties within CBP, Allen convinced his ex-wife to operate an importing business that would avoid paying duties on shipments coming from the People’s Republic of China  …  During the course the scheme, which operated from at least September 2009 until March 2010, Allen allegedly received more than $100,000 in bribe payments.  The indictment alleges that the scheme caused the United States to suffer a loss of at least $781,632.59 in unpaid customs duties and taxes.

Mercury News:  S. Calif. customs officer indicted (Oct 25 2012)

Times Standard:  S. Calif. customs officer indicted (Oct 25 2012)

San Francisco Chronicle:  S. Calif. customs officer indicted (Oct 25 2012)

 

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Border Patrol Officer Luis Edward Hermosillo Gets 8 Years Prison for Sexual Assault

Luis Edward Hermosillo

My Desert:  Former Border Patrol officer gets prison time for sexual assault (Oct 23 2012)

A former U.S. Border Patrol officer today admitted sexually assaulting a Mexican citizen in front of her two young children in Cathedral City and was immediately sentenced to eight years in prison.

Luis Edward Hermosillo, 45, pleaded guilty to sexual penetration by threatening to use the authority of a public official and kidnapping.

Tickle the Wire:  Ex-Border Patrol Officer Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Mexican Woman (Oct 23 2012)

Luis Edward Hermosillo was sentenced immediately after he pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to sexual penetration by threatening to use the authority of a public official and kidnapping.

Hermosillo was accused in court of pulling over the tourist and her two children, ages 2 and 5, in Indio, Calif.

Authorities said Hermosillo groped and penetrated the woman with his finger after he ordered her out of the car, the Desert Sun reported.

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Justin Tackett: San Diego Union Tribune Finally Names the Killer of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin)

Valeria Monique Alvarado, Mother of Five, Border Patrol's Latest Murder Victim

We’ve been naming him here for a week.  Finally the media itself is catching on …

San Diego Union Tribune:  Claim filed against Border Patrol in woman’s death  (Oct 12 2012)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a woman in Chula Vista last month was suspended four times for misconduct during a nearly four-year stint as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy and quit before being fired, court documents show.

The attorney for the woman’s family filed a wrongful death claim Friday with the Border Patrol seeking damages and raised questions about agent Justin Tackett’s departure from his sheriff’s job.

[Attorney Eugene] Iredale said the agent shot Alvarado nine times.

Iredale said this week that the court records surrounding Tackett’s departure from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department show that as a deputy he was “reckless, with a temperament inappropriate for law enforcement work.”

“He was involved in mistake after mistake, misconduct after misconduct. He should never had been hired by the Border Patrol,” Iredale said.

Tackett was a Sheriff’s Department court bailiff and patrol deputy from January 2000 through December 2003. The next year, he filed suit against the county and the department, alleging wrongful termination, racial discrimination, retaliation for being a whistle-blower and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Court records show the Sheriff’s Department suspended Tackett two of the five times he crashed a patrol car on duty and once after an altercation with a Brawley resident. In 2002, the department said he was suspended for 30 days for lying to supervisors over an incident involving a probation search.

In 2003, a county prosecutor rejected one of Tackett’s drug arrests, saying the number of times the deputy violated the suspect’s rights were “almost too numerous to list.” The deputy was issued a termination notice after that incident, but he quit before being fired.

Tackett lost his wrongful termination case two years later without going to trial. A federal judge in San Diego entered a judgment in favor of Imperial County and the Sheriff’s Department, saying the deputy’s lawsuit had failed to provide evidence of his claims.

The judge’s decision in the summary dismissal of Justin Tackett’s lawsuit against Imperial County can be read here:  Tackett v. County of Imperial

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Two Weeks in Review: The Border Patrol’s Sad Legacy

Friday, September 28, in Chula Vista, California, the border patrol murders a mother of five, Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin):

Tuesday, October 2, three of the Border Patrol’s cowboys start shooting at each other in the brush near Naco, Arizona.  Final tally:  1 dead, 1 injured, 1 unharmed:

Tuesday, October 9, near Encinal, Texas, another couple of the Border Patrol’s cowboys decided to play deputy dog and stop a stolen car instead of referring it to local law enforcement.  In the end, the suspect is hospitalized (not clear if his injuries result from the ensuing accident or from being shot) and the car is destroyed:

Wednesday, October 10, at Nogales, Arizona, the proud lawmen of the United States Border Patrol bagged a 16-year-old child on the Mexican side of the border:

Wednesday, October 10, also near Encinal, Texas, to top it all off, there is this relatively minor event which really underscores the moral vacuum that pervades the Border Patrol:

For the most part the Border Patrol has kept the names of their thugs and bullies secret, leaving them free to continue their abusive behaviors at the continued expense of the American and Mexican peoples.

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ICE/Border Patrol Agents Force Child to Act as Bait in Sting, Arrest Her & Withhold Medical Care When She Is Injured

And the cowboys were shooting at a vehicle in which she was riding …

Based on a lawsuit reported by Courthouse News Service:

Courthouse News Service: ICE Used Her as Bait, Teenager Says (Oct 12 2012)

Border patrol officers coerced a teenage Guatemalan girl into being bait in a sting against human smugglers, then shot at a vehicle in which they knew she was riding, and it crashed, the young woman claims in Federal Court.

She claims the border patrolmen threatened to deport her to El Salvador, told her she would have blood on her hands if she refused to help them, and promised she could stay in the United States if all went well.  But all did not go well, she said, and now she suffers from intense pain and constant fear.

Doe says she became separated from her group and wandered in the wilderness for two nights before being picked up by Border Patrol and/or ICE agents. She says the agents pressured her into “playing the lead role in a dangerous sting operation.”

“To do so, the agents put plaintiff under intense pressure,” the complaint states. “They refused her requests to speak to family members, whom they told plaintiff were also in their custody, unless she first took part in the sting operation. The agents also threatened to send plaintiff to El Salvador, a country to which she has no connection. The agents emphasized that the coyotes were responsible for deaths of other immigrants – in effect telling plaintiff that she would have blood on her hands if she did not take part in the sting operation. They also promised plaintiff that she would be allowed to remain in the U.S. if she assisted them. Under this pressure, plaintiff believed that she had no choice but to participate in the sting operation.”

Doe says the agents drove her to a gas station near Benson, Ariz., and gave her the number of a suspected coyote, telling her to request a pickup. The agents wired her to record the conversation.

“Two coyotes arrived at the agreed pick-up site in a van and, after confirming that plaintiff was the person they were there to collect, instructed her to enter the van quickly,” the complaint states. “Although the agents had told plaintiff that they would intervene promptly to protect her, they did not do so. Plaintiff hesitated, but the agents did not intervene. The coyotes became nervous and yelled at plaintiff to enter the van. Terrified of what the coyotes might do if she did not comply, plaintiff entered the vehicle.”

The coyotes saw the agents immediately and sped away. The agents pursued at high speeds. Doe says the officers shot at the vehicle shortly before the driver lost control and crashed.

Plaintiff was thrown forward from the rear of the van and her head struck the van’s console, causing her to lose consciousness,” the complaint states. “When plaintiff regained consciousness, she was bleeding from her nose and from lacerations around her forehead and mouth. She suffered cuts on her chest and knees from the impact and could not move her feet. She was in severe pain all over her body.

“When the agents reached the crashed van, they congratulated plaintiff and told her that the operation had been a success because they had arrested four coyotes, including two who were also at the pick-up site in a lookout vehicle,” the complaint adds. “An agent hugged plaintiff and told her that she would be allowed to stay in the United States.”

But after the praise died down, the agents refused to take Doe to the hospital, but arrested her. She says she suffered severe pain and post traumatic stress disorder from the ordeal, and received proper medical care for her injuries only after begging staff at the jail for help. While she was in jail, authorities served her with a Notice to Appear at a deportation proceeding. The notice was in English, which she could not understand.

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Drunk Secret Service Agent Aaron Francis Engler Found Passed Out on Miami SideWalk

Meanwhile, in another agency of the Department of Homeland Security …

CBS Local Miami:  Secret Service Agent Arrested After Being Found Passed Out In Miami (Oct 12 2012)

U.S. Secret Service agent Aaron Francis Engler was found early Friday morning passed out on the sidewalk near the intersection of Brickell Avenue and 7th just hours after President Barack Obama had left South Florida.

According to the arrest report, Miami police officers were in the area around 7 a.m. on an unrelated call when they noticed Engler passed out. According to the arrest report, when the officers checked on the man, he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. Police said Engler started throwing his arms around while he and started to fight with officers, the report said.

The officers then took Engler to the ground and handcuffed him. As an officer searched Engler’s pockets, he discovered Engler’s Secret Service identification.

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Border Patrol Agent Fails to Assist Man with Amputated Leg

When Priscilla Villarreal noticed a man crawling towards I-35 near  Encinal, Texas, they found a man whose leg had been amputated on railroad tracks a couple blocks away.  They called for assistance.  This sorry excuse for a law-enforcement officer was the first responder:

When a Border Patrol agent arrived she says his demeanor was very callous.
Villarreal says,”he just flashed his flash light and said ‘it’s what you get for getting on a train trying to enter the United States’”.

Fortunately an ambulance crew and additional Border Patrol officers arrive to provide more competent assistance.

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Update on Child Shot by Border Patrol at Nogales

The murdered child was 16:

ABC News:  Source: Mexican Teen Killed by US BP Agent (Oct 12 2012)

The Sonora state attorney general’s office in Mexico said in a statement Thursday that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, from Nogales, Sonora, was found dead at the border from gunshot wounds about midnight Wednesday.

This is the most detailed article I’ve seen so far:

Sierra Vista Herald:  Fatal shooting after rock-throwing in Nogales (Oct 11 2012)

The suspect had not been officially identified as of 3 p.m. Thursday, but Sonoran media reported that he was between 14 and 16 years old.

Ramón Guzmán, mayor of Nogales, Sonora, told the newspaper El Imparcial that the suspect was shot eight times.

In a report Thursday afternoon on Radio XENY of Nogales, Sonora, reporter Cesar Barron said that according to an eyewitness, two males were climbing on the border fence, apparently on their way back from the U.S. side, when the Border Patrol agents arrived.

According to the witness, the agents told the suspects that they were going to be arrested, and that they were better off behind bars in the United States than in Mexico. The suspects reportedly responded with an obscenity.

At that point, four more males arrived on the Mexican side and began to throw rocks toward the fence in an apparent effort to help the two suspects escape. That’s when an agent began firing, the witness told Barron.

Some of the bullets reportedly struck the walls of a medical office behind the victim. Luis Contreras Sánchez, the physician who operates the office, was quoted by the newspaper Expreso as saying the building was hit 14 times. Other news outlets put the count between five and “12 or more.”

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The Border Patrol Cowboys Never Seem to Get the Message: Another Cross-Border Shooting at a “Rock Thrower”

This time at Nogales, Arizona — no word yet on casualties.

Spoke too soon — it appears (my Spanish isn’t the best) that a child under 14 was killed.

El Imparcial:  Balea a joven la Patrulla Fronteriza en Nogales (Oct. 11 2012)

Un supuesto menor de 14 años perdió la vida al se baleado por oficiales de la Patrulla Fronteriza en hechos ocurridos en la frontera de Nogales.

Now mostly confirmed by the Arizona Daily Star except for the age of the victim:

Arizona Daily Star:  US border agent kills rock-thrower in Nogales, Mexico (Oct 11 2012)

One agent opened fire and it appeared he struck one of the people, news release said. Bullets struck five spots on the outside of an office where medical exams are performed, El Imparcial reported.  The Border Patrol has not confirmed the victim was fatally shot, but it has been reported by news outlets in Sonora.

AZ Capitol Times:  Border Patrol agent in Arizona fires at rock-throwers in Mexico (Oct 11 2012)

The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent has opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks across the fence with Mexico in Nogales, Ariz., and may have struck one person.  The agency says in a news release that agents had reports of two suspected narcotics smugglers near the border at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The agents watched the two abandon a load of narcotics and run back to Mexico.

People on the other side of the border fence then began throwing rocks at the agents and ignored orders to stop.  One agent opened fire and it appeared he struck one of the people.  The agency reported the shooting to authorities in Mexico but had no confirmation of injuries.

So nice of them to call to confirm that they’ve just violated Mexican sovereignty.

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