Customs Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Female LAX Employee

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialist was expected to be arraigned Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a Los Angeles International Airport worker three years ago.

Prosecutors charged Dhaliwal with felony counts of assault to commit rape, sodomy and oral copulation; sexual battery by restraint; and assault by a public officer.

He is accused of approaching the victim at the airport on August 28, 2014, and making sexual advances, the district attorney's office said in a statement. They say he then pushed the woman and sexually assaulted her.

Dhaliwal was sacked by 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.

The FBI and investigators for the district attorney's office arrested Dhaliwal on Wednesday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A call to a number listed for Dhaliwal went unanswered Friday and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $100,000.

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