Customs Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Groping

MIAMI (AP) -- A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has pleaded guilty to three civil rights offenses for sexually groping three women at Miami International Airport.

Federal prosecutors say the 47-year-old entered the plea Tuesday.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26 in Ft. Lauderdale. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000.

During plea proceedings, Morales admitted that he groped three women in his custody at the airport without their consent last year.

Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement that Morales "misused his office and his power" and violated the civil rights of the victims.

A six-count indictment charged Morales with three felony counts of abusive sexual contact and three misdemeanor counts of deprivation of civil rights.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 163647936 - wtvy.com/a?a=163647936
Gray Television, Inc.