Border Patrol agent accused of assaulting detaineeby The Associated Press on Mar. 14, 2009, under Local, Special
A federal grand jury indicted a Border Patrol agent Friday on civil rights charges stemming from the alleged assault of a detainee in Nogales, Ariz., nearly three years ago.
The indictment named agent Edward Moreno in connection with a May 2006 assault of detainee Alfredo Becerra Sanchez at a holding facility.
Moreno was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and of making a false statement. The indictment said Becerra was injured.
Moreno was accused of falsely describing the incident in an official memorandum, saying that Becerra struck him at least twice behind his right ear and grabbed him as the two men fell to the floor.
Moreno will have an initial appearance and be arraigned March 26 before a federal magistrate.