CBP officer in Douglas charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl
Published on April 29, 2022 at 1:47 p.m.
A US Customs and Border Protection agent in the Douglas area was arrested on Tuesday and faces more than a dozen charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.
Aaron Thomas Mitchell, 27, abducted the girl on her way to school in Douglas on Monday, authorities said. In a statement, Douglas Police officials said Mitchell approached the girl in a red vehicle and “identified himself as a law enforcement officer.”
Officials said Mitchell is an employee of the Office of Field Operations, a part of CBP responsible for the country’s border crossings. And, that afternoon, he was wearing his tactical vest labeled “Police.”
Mitchell asked her for immigration documents, the girl told police. After reviewing the documents, he said he would take her to the police department, immobilize her and put her in his vehicle, officials said.
However, instead of taking her to the nearby police station, Mitchell drove the girl to an apartment in Sierra Vista, where he “allegedly sexually assaulted her”, officials said.
After the assault, Mitchell drove her back to Douglas that afternoon, officials said.
The girl reported the assault to the police, and officers from Douglas, along with detectives from the Sierra Vista Police Department, found the apartment where Mitchell allegedly assaulted her.
CBP officials confirmed the arrest, writing that Mitchell had been assigned to Port Douglas and was arrested by Douglas police for sexual misconduct with a minor.
“The officer is currently employed by CBP,” an agency spokesperson said, adding that further questions about the investigation should be directed to Douglas police.
“CBP emphasizes honor and integrity in all aspects of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe,” he said. “We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we cooperate fully with any criminal or administrative investigations into alleged misconduct by any of our members, whether they occur on or off duty.”
Cochise County court records show Mitchell was charged with 18 counts, including kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse, unlawful conduct as a peace officer, fraud, obstruction and luring a minor for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
The investigation is ongoing, Douglas Police said.
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