Sheriff: Border Patrol Agent Assaulted Minor Over 20 Times
ALPINE, TX – U.S. Border Patrol Agent Michael William Barends has been arrested and charged with continuous sexual assault of a child as a result of an in-depth investigation.
According to CBS7, Barends was off-duty when he was arrested by the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office late in the afternoon of Friday, January 17.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued the following statement:
“CBP takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously and does not tolerate criminal activity within its ranks. CBP is cooperating with the investigation and will defer to the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office for additional information.”
An arrest affidavit for Barends was not immediately available.
UPDATE: January 22, 2020 @ 2:45 p.m.
Details have emerged following the arrest of border agent Michael Barends.
According to the arrest affidavit, the investigation began on Monday, January 13 after authorities received the outcry of the victim. The victim alleges that Barends assaulted her more than 20 times since she was 12-years-old.
Barends' bond has been set at $400,000.
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