Border Patrol agent charged

December 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A U.S. Border Patrol agent facing six counts of lewd acts with a child was to be arraigned today in Imperial County Superior Court.

The agent, Joseph Socorro Olvera, 45, was arrested earlier this year and charged by the county District Attorney's Office with the six counts — one for each of the six years the alleged criminal activity occurred.

As part of today's arraignment, Olvera — who is out of jail on bail and on paid administrative leave from the Border Patrol — will enter a plea to the charges and a trial date will be set.

Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen alleged Olvera "established" a relationship with a woman in the mid-1990s who was then an undocumented immigrant. The woman has since become a legal resident.


From 1997 until as recently as March of this year, Owen alleged, Olvera committed lewd acts with one of the woman's daughters.

At the time the alleged acts started the girl was in the second grade. She is now in the sixth grade, Owen said.

For years the young girl did not tell anyone what was reportedly occurring. Owen said the girl told her older sister in July and the sister went to their mother, who then reported the allegations to the El Centro Police Department.

Owen said the mother has cooperated in providing information to authorities.

Owen said while the counts cover the years for which the alleged crimes occurred, she said that the acts took place more than once a year.

She added that some of the alleged acts occurred when the mother and the girl went to visit Olvera when he was training with the Border Patrol outside the Imperial Valley.

El Centro attorney Thomas Storey has been appointed to represent Olvera. Storey was in court this morning and was unavailable for comment.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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