Ex-security guard at NYC federal constructing admits to sexually assaulting asylum seeker

Ex-security guard at NYC federal constructing admits to sexually assaulting asylum seeker

An armed safety guard at a federal constructing in Manhattan that homes ICE and FBI workplaces sexually assaulted a person who was looking for asylum safety final Could, federal prosecutors mentioned Wednesday.

Jimmy Solano-Arias, 42, admitted as a part of a plea deal reached in Manhattan federal courtroom that after providing to assist the person along with his asylum paperwork, he as an alternative led him to a locked second-floor workplace at 26 Federal Plaza, and demanded oral intercourse.

When the sufferer resisted, Solano-Arias put his hand on his holstered firearm, making the sufferer worry for his life, courtroom papers say.

The sufferer instantly reported the sexual assault to regulation enforcement and Solano-Arias was arrested the following day after mendacity to FBI brokers, together with by “falsely claiming that the sexual act was consensual when it was not,” prosecutors mentioned.

The guard had labored at 26 Federal Plaza, which homes workplaces for the FBI, ICE and different authorities businesses. Robert Mecea

The Bronx resident, who’s at present out on bail, pleaded responsible Wednesday to 1 rely of constructing false statements to federal regulation enforcement brokers.

When Solano-Arias is sentenced in July, pointers name for him to spend round 5 years in jail, although the ultimate name can be as much as the choose.

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Migrants routinely line up outdoors the constructing to file paperwork looking for asylum within the US. Robert Mecea

He may have confronted a considerably longer sentence had the case gone to trial, however the plea deal permits for a conviction with out the sufferer having to testify.

Solano-Arias had labored for a personal safety firm guarding the federal government constructing, which is throughout the road from the federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan.

The constructing homes workplaces for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, and at present the US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District, the identical workplace prosecuting Solano-Arias.

“Jimmy Solano-Arias abused the belief and privileges bestowed on him as an armed safety officer at a federal constructing,” US Legal professional Damian Williams mentioned in an announcement.

“As a substitute of working to maintain the various federal workers and guests at 26 Federal Plaza secure, Solano-Arias exploited his place of authority to sexually abuse a person looking for asylum safety in the USA,” the prosecutor added.

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