A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Southwest Texas has been arrested and charged with assaulting and mistreating a juvenile in custody, the company mentioned Friday.
The agent based mostly within the Del Rio space, alongside the border with Mexico, was arrested Monday by Texas Rangers, CBP mentioned in an announcement. A warrant was issued “following an indictment on a charge of Official Oppression,” the company mentioned.
The assertion didn’t title the agent nor describe the alleged assault, together with the place or when it occurred.
CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Texas Rangers — a part of the Texas Department of Public Safety — are investigating the alleged assault and mistreatment of a juvenile in custody, it mentioned.
A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to supply additional particulars, citing the continuing investigation. She directed The Associated Press to the Uvalde County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for data. Neither workplace has responded to calls and written requests for added particulars.
“CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe,” the CBP mentioned in its assertion.