July 11, (Xinhua/GNA) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed
Wednesday it is investigating an allegation that one of its officers sexually
assaulted a migrant girl at a facility in Yuma of Arizona.
that were first reported by the NBC news channel later Tuesday came from a
15-year-old Honduras girl.
She described a
male officer putting his hands inside her bra, pulling down her underwear and
groping her during a pat down in front of other migrants and officers.
children who have stayed at the Yuma Border Patrol Station Headquarters alleged
other dozens mistreatment by some agents, including being forced to sleep on
hard concrete, being scolding and being called on an offensive homophobic word.
In a statement,
the CBP said the allegations in Arizona "do not align with common practice
at our facilities and will be fully investigated" and the Department of
Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General is already investigating the
sexual assault allegation.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, was quoted by
the local KTAR news channel as saying that he is "very confident"
that the allegations will be proven false since cameras around the facility can
easily determine what took place.
allegations in Yuma came amid growing concerns over the poor living conditions
in border migrant facilities from Texas to Arizona.
A facility in
Clint, Texas, has come under scrutiny following reports of spreading health and
hygiene problems among "hundreds of children who were being held in