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U.S. border patrol agent allegedly assaulted undocumented woman

May 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A U.S. Border Patrol agent based in the Coachella Valley has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting an undocumented woman from Mexico two years ago.

Arturo Ascencio, 39, was arrested Thursday following an investigation.

Police said Ascencio was off duty, but used his position of authority to put the alleged victim in a vulnerable position.

According to authorities, Ascencio approached the woman in 2008, asked for her papers, took her into his car and then drove her to a location in Banning, where he allegedly assaulted her.

Officials started investigating after the victim's relatives told police about the incident.

Ascencio is being held at a Riverside jail and his bail was set at $50,000.

Banning police said there may be other victims. Anyone with information was asked to call police at (951) 922-3170.