Customs officer charged with sexually assaulting LAX worker

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Agosto 13, 2017

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialist has been charged with sexually assaulting an employee at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said.

Los Angeles County prosecutors said Kanwar Dhaliwal is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on sexual battery by restraint, assault by a public officer and other charges.

Dhaliwal was working as an agriculture specialist for the CBP when he approached the woman in August 2014 and made sexual advances, prosecutors said. They say he then pushed the woman and sexually assaulted her.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spent $5 million on polygraph exams for job applicants who should have been deemed unqualified, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). He was sacked by the CBP in September 2016, according to the agency. "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) places a great emphasis on the integrity and professionalism of our workforce and does not tolerate actions that would tarnish the reputation of our agency", Ruiz said in a statement. According to jail records, Dhaliwal was arrested Wednesday morning and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.

If convicted as charged, Dhaliwal faces up to six years in state prison.

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