U.S. Border Patrol officer admits to groping women

U.S. airport illustration 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) Finally, one airport official was brought down for abusing women while being in an official position.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of violating civil rights, for sexual groping three women in his custody, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.

During court proceedings, Pablo Morales, 47, admitted that on several occasions in January 2011, he groped the breasts of three different women in the custody of Customs and Border Protection, without their consent, while working as an officer in the Miami International Airport.

"A badge of law enforcement is a privilege and we will not tolerate its misuse as a key to assert power or unlawful force upon those in our custody," said Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent David P. D'Amato, in a statement.

Morales is facing up to three years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $300,000 during his sentencing scheduled for October 26 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, prosecutors said.



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