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DOJ Won’t Charge FBI Agents for Mishandling Probe of Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department has decided it won’t pursue charges against two FBI agents for mishandling the sex-abuse investigation into Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor. 

In a statement Thursday, the DOJ said it “is adhering to its prior decision not to bring federal criminal charges” after a “careful re-review” of the allegations against the agents.

“This does not in any way reflect a view that the investigation of Nassar was handled as it should have been, nor in any way reflect approval or disregard of the conduct of the former agents,” the Justice Department said. “While the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has outlined serious concerns about the former agents’ conduct during the Nassar investigation, and also described how evidence shows that during interviews in the years after the events in question both former agents appear to have provided inaccurate or incomplete information to investigators, the Principles of Federal Prosecution require more to bring a federal criminal case.”

The review comes about 10 months after the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in a searing 119-page report that the FBI mishandled the investigation.

Horowitz also found that W. Jay Abbot, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, lied to investigators about the botched investigation and his personal conflicts in the case. 

Abbott retired in January 2018, and Agent Michael Langeman was fired for his role in the investigation. 

According to the report, Nassar sexually abused at least 70 young athletes between 2015 and August 2016. Nassar is effectively serving a life sentence in prison. 

In September, FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized for the bureau’s “totally unacceptable” fails in the Nassar case.

“I’m sorry that so many people let you down again and again,” Wray said to the victims while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am especially sorry that there were people at the F.B.I. who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed, and that is inexcusable. It never should have happened, and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again.”

CBP Agent Accused of Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old Girl

By Steve Neavling

A 27-year-old CBP agent was arrested this week on charges of abducting and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl from Arizona. 

Agent Aaron Mitchell is accused of approaching a 15-year-old girl en route to school, the Arizona Republic reports.

Douglas police said Mitchell, who was wearing a tactical vest labeled “POLICE, asked the girl for documentation and then told her he was going to drive her to a police station. Instead, Mitchell is accused of driving her to an apartment complex where he “allegedly sexually assaulted her.” 

Police arrested Mitchell on Tuesday during a traffic stop. 

He still works for CBP, the agency said. 

Retired LAPD Officer Alleges CBP Officers Sexually Assaulted Her at Border

By Steve Neavling

A retired Los Angeles Police Department officer filed a lawsuit against CBP, alleging she was sexually assaulted and harassed by border officers. 

Janine Bouey said she was crossing into the U.S. after a dentist appointment in Tijuana in June 2020 when a CBP officer was “flirtatious and pushy, and he pressed her to give him her home address,” according to the lawsuit, NBC-7 San Diego reports. After Bouey declined, the lawsuit alleges “the officer pulled her out of line and took her to the main building.”

Then a female officer “intentionally groped Bouey” over her clothes, the lawsuit claims, and she was placed in a “holding pen with other people,” even as she repeatedly said she was a U.S. citizen and a retired LAPD officer. 

She was then forced to remove all her clothes except for her bra and underwear while “the police officer who had inappropriately searched me the first two times was behind me with a flashlight,” Bouey said at a news conference Tuesday. She was eventually forced to remove her bra and underwear. 

“After I took off my clothes, I was made to turn around. I had to bend over, I had to squat multiple times at their direction,” Bouey said.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of the community organization Alliance San Diego, said a lot of people were at fault for what happened. 

“It was not one officer alone who harmed Janine. Everyone who came into contact with her was complicit in her degrading treatment,” Guerrero said. “That includes the officer who racially profiled her and pulled her out of line, the officer who shoved a dog’s nose into her buttocks, the officer who penetrated her genitalia, the officer who forced her to remove all her clothes and had her bend over while others looked, the officer who took her shoelaces, her jewelry and belongings, handcuffed her to a bench, dismissed her pleas and tossed her out the back door.”

CBP declined to comment on the case. 

Border Patrol Agent Arrested Again on Sexual Assault Charges

Border Patrol Agent Steven Charles Holmes, via Tucson Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent who was arrested in May 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting multiple women is back in jail on similar charges. 

Steven Charles Holmes, who worked out of the Tucson Station, is being held in the Pima County Jail after a woman said he assaulted her while they were having sex last month, KVOA.com reports.

Holmes was placed on indefinite administrative duties after he was arrested two years ago on charges of sexually assaulting at least three women he met online. 

The investigation began after a woman told Tucson Police that she was sexually assaulted by Holmes after meeting him on a dating app. Police said a further investigation turned up multiple victims with similar reports from 2012 to 2019.

Holmes was out of jail on a $25,000 bond awaiting a court hearing when another woman said she was sexually assaulted by Holmes on Aug. 26. According to court records, she was having sex with Holmes when “something changed.” She said Holmes squeezed her neck until she lost consciousness, and he “continued in having sexual intercourse with her after she had asked him to stop.”

With bruises on her neck, eyes and behind her ears, the woman called police, leading to Holmes’ arrest. 

Asked to comment, Border Patrol resent a statement from 2019. 

“On May 21, 2019, Border Patrol Agent Steven C. Holmes from the Tucson Station was arrested by the Tucson Police Department for multiple charges of Sexual and Aggravated Assault. At the time, Holmes had seven years of service with the U.S. Border Patrol. He has been placed on indefinite administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of its mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on, or off duty, and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged misconduct by our personnel.”

Ghislaine Maxwell Hired Ex-British Military Personnel to Help Evade FBI

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime confident of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, hired former British military personnel to help evade the FBI, The Washington Post reports.

It didn’t work. The FBI broke down the door of her estate in New Hampshire earlier this month and found her hiding in a room. She wrapped her cellphone in tin foil in an apparent effort to evade FBI detection, federal prosecutors allege.

Maxwell has been charged with assisting the late Epstein in the sex trafficking of minors.

To avoid detection, Maxwell used her security staff “to make purchases for the property” with a credit card she provided, a guard told the FBI. The guards worked in “rotations” and were hired by Maxwell’s brother.

“As these facts make plain, there should be no question that the defendant is skilled at living in hiding,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe wrote in a court filing.
The U.S. attorney’s office argued that Maxwell is a flight risk.

Border Patrol Agent Arrested on Charges of Repeatedly Molesting Stepdaughter

Michael William Barends via Brewster County Sheriff’s Office.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent in Texas has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child more than 20 times, beginning when she was 12 years old.

Michael William Barends was arrested Friday by the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office on allegations he molested his stepdaughter from January 2015 to June 2019, the Washington Examiner reports.

Barends was a supervisor with the Big Bend Sector and worked with immigrant children after working with the agency in Detroit and Yuma, Arizona.

Barends, who was known as “Chicken Little” because of his glasses, was released Tuesday on a $200,000 bond.

Border Patrol Agent Acquitted on Sexual Assault Charge

Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Perez, via Hidalgo County Sheriff Department.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend in June 2013 has been found not guilty.

Alejandro Perez was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector when he was arrested on sexual assault charges in 2018, KGBT reports.

His then-girlfriend reported the alleged assault nearly five years after she says he became “sexually aggressive towards her” and refused to stop when she said no.

“Alejandro later admitted to raping her through text but he asked her not to report it because he could lose his job,” the prosecutors alleged in a complaint.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Perez is still working as a Border Patrol agent. When he was arrested in March 2018, he was assigned to administrative duties.

FBI Investigates Epstein’s ‘Apparent Suicide’ Amid Mounting Conspiracy Theories

Jeffrey Epstein.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the death of billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein after he was found unresponsive due to an “apparent suicide” in a Manhattan jail.

The Justice Department’s Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated in a letter Saturday that the FBI was investigating.

Prison employees found Epstein unresponsive in his cell early Saturday morning and began “life-saving measures.” He was taken to a hospital “for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff,” the letter states.

Many questions have been raised about how Epstein could have committed suicide in a federal jail after he had been placed on “suicide watch” in late July, leading to mounting conspiracy theories. Jail officials told the New York Times that Epstein was taken off suicide watch a few days before his death.

When an inmate is taken off suicide watch, prison officials told several news outlets that the detainee is often placed in a cell with another inmate. Epstein was alone in his cell early Saturday morning.

Democrats immediately called for a congressional investigation.

“With the obvious end to criminal proceedings against Epstein, it is important that the House U.S. Committee on Oversight and Reform begin its investigation,” Rep. Louis Frankel tweeted.

Epstein was in jail awaiting trial after he had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. Dozens of girls had accused him of sexually abusing them.

On the day of his death, additional court documents revealed allegations that he sent an underage girl to meet and have sex with two former politicians as part of an alleged sex ring.