A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialist pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of sexually assaulting a Los Angeles International Airport worker three years ago.
Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, allegedly approached the woman Aug. 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.
He is charged with assault to commit rape, sodomy and oral copulation; sexual battery by restraint; and assault by a public officer. According to jail records, Dhaliwal was arrested Wednesday morning and remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is due back in court Sept. 22.
Dhaliwal was fired by CBP in September 2016, according to the agency.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection places a great emphasis on the integrity and professionalism of our workforce and does not tolerate actions that would tarnish the reputation of our agency,” according to a statement from the agency. “… CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is fully cooperating with the investigation.”
Dhaliwal faces up to six years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service
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