Border patrol agent arrested on child molestation charges

Border patrol agent arrested on child molestation charges

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent from Sierra Vista was arrested for child molestation.

Jeremy Tyler Cole lives in Sierra Vista, but Chandler Police arrested him Friday, March 27 on one charge of child molestation after he stayed with his fiancé's friend and her daughters. The account might be too graphic for children.

The probable cause statement states early Friday in Chandler the mother of three girls saw Cole coming out of her 12-year-old daughter's room and said "... he was looking for towels to take a shower." The mother then spoke to all three of her daughters ages five, 12 and 14. All of them had gone to bed before Cole arrived.

The 5-year-old told her mother and then described more to police about a bald man whom she said "pulled off my panties." She said he touched her private area with an object. The 14-year-old also said she saw a man, believed there was "a man presence" in her room and it wasn't her mother's boyfriend.

The statement says Cole works for the Border Patrol. Cole did not answer the mother's calls, then pleaded for her to call back in a voicemail.

Chandler Police arrested Cole Friday night.

CBP Tucson Sector officials released the following statement on Tuesday:

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station was arrested in a collaborative operation between the Chandler Police Criminal Apprehension Team and the Peoria Police Department on March 27, in Peoria, Arizona. The agent is being charged with one count of Child Molestation, and is currently in a leave with pay status pending additional criminal proceedings. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector are cooperating fully with the investigative agencies. Customs and Border Protection takes all incidents of misconduct seriously and will continue to work with outside investigative agencies to maintain the integrity of the workforce.

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