ICE officer arrested for sexually assaulting a minor for months

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COMBES, Texas (ValleyCentral) — An Enforcement and Removal Officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.

The girl, whose identity was not released, made an outcry to the Valley Baptist Medical Center that she was a victim of sexual assault, according to Combes PD.

The hospital forwarded the report to Combes PD on Oct. 5. Investigators later found that Juan Lopez, 48, had sexually assaulted the victim over the last four months.

The man turned himself in the same day a warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 12.

Lopez is pending a $75,000 bond and is facing a second-degree felony which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000.

ICE released the following statement:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes very seriously all allegations of employee misconduct. Every ICE employee is held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. All incidents involving ICE employees are investigated thoroughly and appropriate action is taken.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated.

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