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Thread: 3 US Customs Officers Arrested For Extreme Sexual Abuse Of Colleagues At Newark Airpo

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    3 US Customs Officers Arrested For Extreme Sexual Abuse Of Colleagues At Newark Airpo



    Three customs officers have been busted on charges they inflicted “senseless physical abuse” on their Newark Airport co-workers, including forced gyrations on a “rape table,” federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

    “This behavior would be abhorrent in any environment, especially one serving a critical law enforcement function,” Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement before the three men’s arraignments in Newark.

    “The hard working men and women who protect our borders deserve better.”

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents — Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32, all of New Jersey — were members of a unit responsible for identifying dangerous contraband and threats to national security.

    Their arrests follow an investigation into the sexual hazing by NBC’s News4 New York and its initial broadcast that aired in May.

    "Once the lights go out, they grab you up like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer ended up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse," Officer Vito Degironimo told the station. "I’m grabbed by other officers against my will. I don’t know how much more criminal you can get."

    He continued: "Hazing wouldn’t do this justice. This is complete assault. They take you in a room and your fellow officers are all watching as officers grab you."

    Papagni allegedly told a man the office table was known as the "rape table" — and threatened him that’s where he’d wind up, according to the criminal complaint.

    In one Jan. 10 incident cited by prosecutors, a victim was asked to retrieve a document tied to a drug seizure. While workers were trying to scan the item, Papagni “grabbed victim one’s arms and legs and threw him on top of the PERT office table,” according to the complaint.

    As two men held down their co-worker, Perez is accused of climbing on top of the victim and grinding his body “up and down against victim one’s genitals through the victim’s clothing in a motion simulating a sex act.”

    The three customs agents were awaiting a court appearance Wednesday in Newark federal court, where they will be charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating and interfering with two male customs officers.

    The victims told NBC the abuse happened over the course of more than a year in a room in Terminal C.

    In July, the agency said it had disbanded a team of 11 officers, including three supervisors, after News4’s first report.

    On Wednesday, a spokesman said the agency “welcomes these indictments and fully supported the Office of the Inspector General-led investigation” completed with agents from customs’ Office of Professional Responsibility.

    “We do not tolerate misconduct in our ranks and are committed to a safe workplace environment free of harassment or intimidation,” the spokesman said in a statement.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.3492966

    One of the accused is female, and all the alleged victims are male.

    This is 100%, without a doubt, a very serious indictment if proven.

    Your thoughts?

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    Just like after Tailhook, I suspect everyone in the US Customs game will now be forced to endure monthly sexual harassment training.

    a few bad apples invariably ends in collective guilt and punishment for the whole bunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Just like after Tailhook, I suspect everyone in the US Customs game will now be forced to endure monthly sexual harassment training.

    a few bad apples invariably ends in collective punishment for the whole bunch.
    Newark Airport has had a reputation for YEARS as a dangerous place to work due to rampant sexual harassment among workers. My life experience tells me, these offenders did not engage in this conduct in a vacuum. The US Customs Service allowed a culture of degradation and physical assault to grow and persist among its employees there, in spite of the extremely important jobs they have.

    IMO, some supervisors and former supervisors should be investigated for breach of their duties (Administratively, not criminally.)

    Good on the male victims for having the courage to speak out.

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    Hey if they want to hold me down and let her grind on me I can think of worse things to be subjected to.

    Hell, I might even leave her a tip afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Hey if they want to hold me down and let her grind on me I can think of worse things to be subjected to.

    Hell, I might even leave her a tip afterwards.
    Please stop this, Spooky. You are a grown man.

    No one is served when you post childish remarks, least of all you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Please stop this, Spooky. You are a grown man.

    No one is served when you post childish remarks, least of all you.
    Yeah I just can't get upset at some hot chick grinding on a dude.

    I find it funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Yeah I just can't get upset at some hot chick grinding on a dude.

    I find it funny.
    Nothing more amusing than sexual assault!

    Stay classy Dr. Spookycolt.
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