Cops Ignore Border Patrol Agent Sexually Assaulting Woman

Bianca Bruno | Courthouse News Service

SAN DIEGO (CN) – A police detective says the Imperial Police Department and its police chief failed to file her sexual assault case against a Border Patrol agent, and harassed her because she is a lesbian.

K.O. and her wife M. K. sued the city of Imperial and its police department in federal court on Jan. 20 on a host of civil rights and discrimination claims related to what they say was the department’s failure to investigate K.O.’s sexual assault by A.S., a Border Patrol agent.

Although both plaintiffs and the agent are named in the lawsuit, Courthouse News has chosen to redact their names because of the sensitive nature of the case and because the agent has not been charged with a crime.

K.O. says in her lawsuit that A.S. confessed to molesting her a year ago while she was sleeping after a night out with friends, but that Imperial Police Chief Miguel Colon did not submit the sexual assault investigation to the DA’s office for over 100 days.

Investigators did not gather any physical or biological evidence from the border patrol agent – including his blood alcohol content, according to the lawsuit.

The detective contends her case was not sent to the district attorney until she filed a right-to-sue claim with the state. The DA ultimately declined to prosecute the case, citing an unknown level of intoxication of the assailant, according to the lawsuit.

The agent has never been charged with any crime “despite confessing to the sexual assault,” the lawsuit states.

Not only is Colon accused by K.O. of failing to file the case, but her 18-page lawsuit claims the police chief called her superior at the Brawley Police Department and detailed her sexual assault in “an active effort to interfere with the case.”

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