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Border Patrol agent charged with punching detained teen

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a juvenile migrant in custody at the Nogales Station.

Aldo F. Arteaga, 35, was charged with punching a Mexican teenager who was detained at the Nogales, Ariz., facility, the Nogales International reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent out a release, saying that the agent surrendered to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office "following developments in U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Internal Affairs’ investigation into an allegation of physical assault on Jan. 30 against a minor who was in custody at the Nogales Border Patrol Station."

According to the release, the incident was reported by a supervisory agent.

"CBP Internal Affairs investigators conducted an investigation and brought their findings to the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office, who accepted the case for prosecution," said the release. "CBP will fully cooperate with all investigations of this matter."

County Attorney George Silva told the Nogales International that the incident began when someone discovered the alleged victim had a cellphone in a holding cell at the Nogales Station. Video shows that Arteaga went in and took the prohibited item, and then punched the boy in the stomach, Silva said. 

Arteaga was charged on Sept. 15 and a summons was issued the next day, requiring Arteaga to present himself for fingerprinting at the Santa Cruz County Jail on Thursday.

Arteaga was released on his own recognizance and placed on administrative leave by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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