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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Texas Contract Security Officer Charged with Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Contract Security Officer Edwin Rodriguez, 31, of Raymondville, Texas, with sexual abuse of a female Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee who was under his supervision at the Willacy Detention Center, a federally contracted detention facility in Raymondville, Texas. 

 

Rodriguez is charged in a one-count felony indictment returned by a Brownsville, Texas, grand jury under seal on June 21, 2011, with the felony offense of sexual abuse of a ward.  The indictment was unsealed following Rodriguez’s arrest on June 22, 2011. According to allegations contained in the indictment, Rodriguez engaged sexual intercourse with a female detainee on or about Oct. 26, 2008, while she was being held in official detention pending deportation. 

 

Rodriguez appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Felix Recio in the Southern District of Texas today, and entered a plea of not guilty. The court has ordered Rodriguez to remain in federal custody without bond pending a detention hearing on June 27, 2011.

 

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. 

 

The case has been investigated by ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility in Harlingen, Texas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kebharu Smith and Civil Rights Division Criminal Section Trial Attorney Adriana Vieco are handling the prosecution.

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