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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Secret Service officer Hector Cuellar, accused of sexual assault, waives hearing

This post has been updated.

A U.S. Secret Service officer waived a preliminary hearing in Prince William County Wednesday after being charged with felony sexual assault, according to prosecutors.

Hector Reynaldo Cuellar, 51, of the 2900 block of Wetherburn Court in Woodbridge, has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian, according to Prince William County police.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert has said that Cuellar has been a part of the team protecting President Obama. A Secret Service officer can often travel in support of the president or vice president’s permanent security detail, according to an agency official.

A Secret Service spokesman has said that Cuellar was placed on administrative leave until the case is resolved.

Chris Feldmann, Cuellar’s Manassas attorney, declined to comment.

The charges will go before a grand jury next month, which will decide if there is enough evidence to move forward.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Cuellar is a Secret Service agent. It has been corrected.

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