Border Patrol agent jailed on suspicion of child molestation


Jeremy Cole

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CHANDLER, Ariz. — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent from Sierra Vista was arrested Friday on suspicion of child molestation.

Jeremy Cole, of Sierra Vista, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of child molestation. Cole is assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station.

Cole had been staying with a family in Chandler during Arizona Bike Week. One of the adults told police she saw Cole coming out of one of her daughter’s room at around 2 a.m.

Later that morning, the woman spoke with her three daughters. One of the girls, age 5, said a man had inappropriately touched her private parts while she was face down on her bed, according to a court document. The girl alleged the man had taken off her pants.

Another girl, age 14, said she awoke in the middle of the night to a man standing over her, according to court paperwork. She said she presumed there was a “ghost,” but she heard the door squeak and determined someone was inside her bedroom, the arresting officer’s report stated.

She said someone touched her face, according to the court document.

Chandler police arrested Cole at his parents’ home in Peoria with help from the Criminal Apprehension Unit.

He is currently on leave with pay pending additional criminal proceedings.

“The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector are cooperating fully with the investigative agencies. Customs and Border Protection takes all incidents of misconduct seriously and will continue to work with outside investigative agencies to maintain the integrity of the workforce,” CBP said in a statement.

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