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Jury selection in trial of Border Patrol agent charged with lewd acts may begin Monday

April 24, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

The trial against a U.S. Border Patrol agent facing charges of lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 is expected to start soon.

Joseph Socorro Olvera, 45, was in court with attorneys Tuesday to find out which judge would be assigned the trial. The case was assigned to Superior Court Judge Donald Donnelly.

Proceedings continued at 10:30 this morning in Superior Court in Calexico. County Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen said jury selection could start Monday.

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Olvera was arrested early in 2001 for allegedly committing lewd acts against his ex-girlfriend's daughter.

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 March 2001, Olvera allegedly committed lewd acts with one of the woman's daughters. At the time the acts allegedly started the girl was in the second grade.

For years the girl reportedly did not tell anyone what was occurring. The girl finally told her older sister in July 2001 and the sister went to the girl's mother, who then reported the allegations to the El Centro Police Department.

El Centro attorney Thomas Storey has been appointed to represent Olvera.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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