Ex-immigration agent charged with rape
MIAMI (AP) — 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.
Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, was fired from his position as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shortly after the complaint was lodged against him, according to an ICE statement. He was arrested Friday in Tampa and is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court Monday.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a 39-year-old Jamaican woman on Sept. 21 at his Tamarac home while he was taking her from a Miami-Dade County detention center to one in Broward County, according to the complaint.
Federal authorities said they are investigating Vazquez’s involvement in other detainee transfers to see whether other women were attacked, the Miami Herald reported.
Vazquez worked for the agency for less than a year in the Office of Detention and Removal. He remained in the Hillsborough County jail Saturday with no bail set. According to jail records, he did not have an attorney
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