Former ICE Agent Pleads Guilty to Rape

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 3, 2008; 7:33 PM

MIAMI -- A former immigration agent pleaded guilty to raping a Jamaican woman he was transferring between detention centers, authorities said Thursday.

Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, sexually assaulted a 39-year-old Jamaican mother of two on Sept. 21 at his home in Tamarac. He was fired from his position as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shortly after the initial complaint was lodged against him, ICE officials said.

"A law enforcement badge is a privilege; we will not tolerate its misuse as a key to assert power or unlawful force over those in one's custody," U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta said in a statement.

Federal authorities said they are investigating Vazquez's involvement in other detainee transfers to see whether other women were attacked.

Lawyers for Vazquez could not be reached for comment. The U.S. attorney's office did not respond to inquiries about who was representing him.

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