Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bad week for ICE
First, it was the Chief Anthony Mangione, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges. And yesterday, officer Paulo Morales pleaded to groping women at the airport. Via NBC:
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer admitted Tuesday in federal court he sexually assaulted three women in his custody.
Paulo Morales, 47, pleaded guilty to three civil rights offenses for sexually groping the women, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release.
Morales, who worked as an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Miami International Airport, said in January 2011 he groped the breasts of three women that were in his custody without their consent.
Pretty lazy reporting though: It was not immediately known who was representing Morales.
Translation: We just reprinted the U.S. Attorney's Press Release and didn't pull the docket from Pacer to check who Morales' lawyer was or whether he had a comment on the case.
UPDATE -- feisty comments to this post... so let me answer some of the questions: Morales is represented by Jude Faccidomo and the government is represented by William White and Henry Leventis. Each of the three counts Morales pleaded to has a one year max, so his exposure is 3 years.