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Border protection officer pleads guilty to groping three women - Is the TSA different?

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he groped the breasts of three women in his custody.

Miami-based Paulo Morales, 47, admitted to the three civil rights offenses in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the Justice Department announced in a release.

“A law enforcement badge is a privilege,” David P. D’Amato, a special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in the announcement. “We will not tolerate its misuse as a key to assert power or unlawful force over those in one’s custody.”

Morales confessed to inappropriately touching the chests of three women in his custody without their consent on “various dates” in January 2011 while he was employed as an officer at Miami International Airport.


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