Former US Customs worker charged with assaulting woman at LAX

Xavier Trudeau
Août 13, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spent about $5 million conducting polygraph tests on job applicants who had already been disqualified for employment due to criminal activity, the Office of the Inspector General said in a report released Thursday.

Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, allegedly approached the woman August 28, 2014, at the airport and made sexual advances toward her. Dhaliwal, who was working as an agricultural specialist, then pushed and sexually assaulted the woman, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors charged Dhaliwal with felony counts of assault to commit rape, sodomy and oral copulation; sexual battery by restraint; and assault by a public officer. They say he then pushed the woman and sexually assaulted her.

The allegations against Dhaliwal come several months after the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began probing allegations that CBP employees were subjected to violent hazing and sexual abuse by fellow officers at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. According to jail records, Dhaliwal was arrested Wednesday morning and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. He was sacked by the CBP in September 2016, according to the agency.

Dhaliwal faces up to six years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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