[UPDATED With Charges, Arraignment Date] Miguel Lerma Jr., Border Patrol Officer, Held in Sexual Assaults of Women in Garden Grove and Long Beach

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​UPDATE, APRIL 4, 3:24 P.M.: U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer Miguel Lerma Jr. has been charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation for allegedly attacking a woman in Garden Grove, plus one felony count of rape by use of drugs for the accusations involving a woman in Long Beach.

If convicted, Lerma could get up to 32 years in state prison, according to the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA), which also noted the 29-year-old is being held in lieu of $1 million bail before his arraignment is scheduled to continue April 18 in Westminster.
The OCDA statement on the charges follows:
April 4, 2011

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER CHARGED WITH RAPING TWO WOMEN
*Law enforcement is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims

WESTMINSTER - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two women. Miguel Lerma Jr., 31, Fountain Valley, is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force, and forcible oral copulation for Jane Doe #1 and one felony count of rape by use of drugs for Jane Doe #2. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in state prison. Lerma is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment April 18, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At the time of the sexual assaults, Lerma was employed as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On Sept. 10, 2010, Lerma is accused of meeting Jane Doe #2 while she was out drinking with a friend in Long Beach. Over the course of the night, Jane Doe #2 became intoxicated due to alcohol and blacked out. While the victim was unconscious from alcohol intoxication, Lerma is accused of raping her. She did not know the defendant prior to this evening. The victim later awoke lying in the bushes alone.

Jane Doe #2 reported the rape and Lerma was interviewed and submitted a DNA swab as part of the investigation. The investigation for the rape of Jane Doe #2 was still ongoing and had not been charged by the Los Angeles County's Office as of November 2010.

On Nov. 14, 2010, Lerma is accused of picking up prostitute Jane Doe #1, driving her to an industrial area in Garden Grove, and parking the car. The victim, who did not know the defendant, became frightened and tried to get out of the vehicle. Lerma is accused of getting out of the car, forcing Jane Doe #1 to orally copulate him and forcibly raping and sodomizing her while outside of the car. He is accused of then getting back into his car and fleeing the scene.

Jane Doe #1 immediately reported the sexual assault to the police. DNA was collected from the rape examination. On March 15, 2011, the DNA from the attack on Jane Doe #1 was linked to the DNA provided by Lerma for the rape of Jane Doe #2.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting Lerma for the Orange and Los Angeles County victims. The Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) and Long Beach Police Department investigated their respective cases.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator
Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or GGPD Detective Dave Young at (714) 741-5836.

Deputy District Attorney
Eric Scarbrough of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.


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Courtesy of GGPD
Miguel Lerma Jr.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 1, 5:30 P.M.: 29-year-old Miguel Lerma Jr., a  U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer who resides in Fountain Valley, is accused of making terrorist threats and sexually assaulting women in Garden Grove in 2010 and Long Beach in 2009.

He was arrested at his home Thursday after DNA evidence allegedly tied him to the crimes, according to authorities.

After Lerma was tied to the Long Beach assault, his DNA was linked to the attack in Garden Grove, according to cops in both towns working with internal affairs within the Department of Homeland Security.

He has since been placed on administrative leave from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which vows to be cooperating in the investigation.

In the Garden Grove case, Lerma allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old woman in the 11800 block of Cardinal Circle after picking her up on Nov. 14, 2010, on Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana.

Lerma was last reported being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Anyone with information about other possible assaults is asked to contact Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) Detective Dave Young at 714.741.5836 or the department's 24-hour line at 714.741.5704.
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The Real Deal
The Real Deal

I know this guy and he is a dirt bag. He treated all the crew memners he encountered like crap. He was a crappy CBP Agent and I hope they lock him up extra long.

ignerrant people
ignerrant people

you people r all idiots judging people before u even know wat really happend.. i feel sorry for all of you who got all hyped up and wasted your time on something u assume this officer did when you're not sure if thats the way it happened...assumption is the lowest level of knowledge....you cant even wait for him to get a fair trial but if it was u...oh well it would be different huh? u idiots when havent u come accros women that never lie to get something out of a men that doesnt want nothing to do with them...think about it..she voluntary went with him and who knows maybe they had a relationship but when one of them wanta call it quits wat does the other do...evrything and anything it takes to get back at the other right? so at this pint all of u who judged and still keep judging people before knowing the truth i say this...that your words are those of an ignerrant person that get carried away by the wind with no direction...praying for all of u...be quick to listen and slow to talk....c-ya...God bless

Yes
Yes

My wife and sister as well as brother in law are all law enforcement. I am retired law enforcement after injuring my back in an on duty car accident. So, as much as my brother officers would hate to admit it, most of them lie and falsify reporting. Most of them have a sick twisted sense of humor about others misfortunes and injuries and arrests and so forth. There exists so much so called "embelishing" in reports. Now we all know that "embelishing" is actually lying but it sounds more accepted to label it "emblishing".

In actuality I have never known a group of people who actually break the law themselves more so than cops do. They cheat on their spouses, physically abuse their spouses, drive drunk, cheat on their taxes, brandish their weapons at innocent people when they are "off duty" and much more. I have witnesses so many intentional K9 bites on innocent victims where the cops thought it was funny to turn the Police K9 on someone who did not deserve it

Since I left Law Enforcement I turned to the church to help me deal with the shame I carried with me from witnessing so much abuse and lies by cops that I did nothing about. Treating people like dirt and shit when it was totally not called for and much more. I can no longer sit silent and just pretend it doesnt happen because it does folks and you need to know this

Troubleji
Troubleji

I agree with Ariel...why did she get in his vehicle? She must have known him....what kind of 20 year old is out at 2am walking the streets...she was probably a prostitute and found a golden ticket..I really feel for men and that any crazy ass woman can cry out wolf and ruin their careers and life. And not only because his awefully mexican..that is so rediculous...I've seen awefully white trailer trash that work for government doing worse things than this. Didn't realize how prejudice this country still is...Ignorance!

Ariel
Ariel

When the country is not invaded by others, why don't people appreciate and respect the soldiers, officers and agents who lay their lives on the line to protect us. When you are endangered, who do you call for help if not the officers? Have you thought all about the stress that they carry and its affect? Let's give this officer a FAIR TRIAL and hear his story. Who is this victim? What evidences? Why did she get into his car at 2am? What did she have in mind to agree to be picked up at such hour? What was the relation?People who use incident like this to laugh at the picture of Law Enforcements are the ones who should be ashamed at their words most.

Jojo32
Jojo32

cafemisscutie is on Harbor

2468
2468

What a moron

mike
mike

His name sounds awefuly mexican, Maybe that should have been a warning sign.picture looks eerily mexican too. hmmm double wammyOMG that is so racist you say,well yup, why yes it is

guess who
guess who

Folks at what point do we say enough is enough? I mean seriously how long do we just sit back and tolerate cop bullshit? Every single damn day you read about dirty cops and its common place anymore. Look at OC with the Sherrifs dept top dogs arrested and sent to prison, Costa Mesa Top Dogs hush hush allowed to step down without us finding out what they did, numerous numerous cops everywhere arrested and charged with shit

I dont believe a damn thing a cop says and I mean it

THEREALDEALCRAYBABY
THEREALDEALCRAYBABY

CRAY BABY SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND BE A MAN..... THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS GETTING SOLVED LOL.................

Jojo32
Jojo32

Wow, u r crew member huh? Did you hide things or have expired work permit so you didn't like to be checked?

Troubleji
Troubleji

Oh so you didnt like him because he didn't kiss ass?? I can count the number of crappy shitty CBP agents! Stop being a cry baby! Loser!

Discussion
Discussion

Guess who, you got back injury during the on duty car accident. Wow, did you hate the person who got you into such painful situation? Did you get upset when you asked a suspect to stop but then he kept running so you had to chase after him during a hot summer day till your back got all wet and cursed him for your big energy spending? If a criminal looked at you and called you as a dirty cop, would you be offended? C'mon, you were a cop but you are a human, no angel. Unless, you could smile at the criminal and say with soft gentle tone "sir, I would like you to withdraw your words."You are so bitter because you retired and couldn't continue do the job that you vowed to pursue from the beginning after you already passed all the challenges to become a member of Law Enforcements. Hey, if you saw your other officers commit bad behaviors, you could have reported them to the Internal Affairs to make the department which you were proud to be part of, become great again. You keep your silent and turn to church. Your words are bigger than action. Your family members who are also in Law Enforcements, can also question your point of view because who knows how bad you think about them at some points. Touche'!!!

Watchfuleye
Watchfuleye

Guess who, good for you for finding God. But prayer works better than bashing all law enforcement officers. You can only speak for yourself. Don't speak for others. There are so many Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Mormons, etc., that work in Law Enforement. Dont shame them by stereotyping and grouping all officers in groups that demonstrate poor and sometimes illegal actions/judgement. Get yourself together and focus. Read Mathew 7:3. It fits here.

ramburto
ramburto

You've never met Lerma. I have, I worked with him 2 years at Long Beach. Major prick. It doesnt surprise me at all that he's accused of this. You speak of stress but I can tell you Long Beach is a retirement port. There is ZERO stress. He has no excuse. As far as I'm concerned if the DNA matches this guy is buried already. I dont see how a fair trail is going to change the fact that he's guilty. I dont care how poor the judgement of the Jane Does were. You shouldnt blindly put your faith in ever LEO. They're people too.-Lerma's Former Co-worker

TOTHESUCKERS
TOTHESUCKERS

And whats your name??????????? "CHICKEN LITTLE" WHITE ASS HOLE ...................

Justthink
Justthink

Hmm...Mike to another version of Miguel. I hope you don't step on your own tail! Btw, except the native Indian, we are all immigrants in this country. So ignorant one, where did your ancestor come from? Unless you are the native Indian, then I would like to thank you for letting me stay in the United States of America which is created by people coming from different nations, whom want to come to the land of opportunties and call it their America.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Coming from a person with 55 Foux Snewz Comments. I see as of this moment he is the only person commenting on this page that has any record of commenting before.

anonymous or astroturfing bots?

http://www.alternet.org/media/...

Troubleji
Troubleji

It's his mug shot you idiot! Didnt realize people could pose and smile while they are being booked!....If I am ever arrested I will make sure to "strike a pose" so that i dont' look eerily mexican..your a racist and a moron...but it's expected.

Bea Hatch
Bea Hatch

Its the name of a city near Toluca, so yes he's probably raza. Behaves like one.

Jmeraz0788
Jmeraz0788

You ppl make me sick, I've known Miguel all my life and he is a respectively good person and yes he is Mexican, what is your point? Ignorant ppl please keep ur comments to urselves.

Friend of a Friend
Friend of a Friend

Guess who,, so who do you believe the Street gangs also, remove the 911 speed dial from your phone. its time you handle your own problems including when your are getting beat up. I can only imagine you are big and strong.

909Jeff
909Jeff

To answer your question... As long as there are cops there will be crooked cops. As long as there are Catholic priests there will be priests who diddle little kids. As long as there are Muslims there will be terroroists... and as long as there is an OC weekly, Coker, Moxley, and Gustavo AKA the wizard of santa ana (Dont pay attention to the man behind the curtain) will certainly have jobs pandering to peoples fears.

Topher
Topher

Wow bitter much? Sounds like someone is hiding something. yes your right every cop is bad, and every cook is a chef, every construction worker is an architect, every priets is a pedophile, blah, blah, blah. I think someone needs a hug. I work with Officers from all over the country, if one was bad and we knew it you think we would let him bring us and our agency down? If we knew he was a bad apple, do you think he would have been hired?

Titus Aurelius
Titus Aurelius

Not all cops are like that. For every scum bag like him, there are thousands who are good cops protecting the city, state, and country. I say this as a retired military enlisted person. So, let's call this guy a scumbag (if he's guilty) but spare the majority of the good law enforcing cops, except the ones who gave me a ticket (just kidding CHP guys!)......

Doug Webb, Cypress, CA
Doug Webb, Cypress, CA

"I can no longer sit silent and just pretend it doesnt happen because it does folks and you need to know this"

Then maybe you can post your name, station that you worked for and name some names rathern than a post in a random newspaper in the name "guess who"... SMH...

See, real names, thats how its done...

Ariel
Ariel

Well, I didn't know working for Federal to keep our country safe could be that easy so you can call it "ZERO stress." So shall I interprete your words that you are a Federal officer who works for Customs and Border Protection, doing such a leisure work to get salary from the tax payers and don't take much reponsibilities in your job so the place where you work, now becomes a "retirement port?" WOW, you are working and retiring at same time! It's everyone's dream job that you are having.When you swore to become an officer, you must have thought this country was a piece of cake to handle then. Ramburto, you are a part of Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement is a part of you, whom is Lerma's Former Co-worker. It is the relationship that you have NO PROBLEM to put dirty words on.According to the news that everyone has gotten to know the details from, Lerma was NOT on duty when the incident happened. Well then, let's give the MAN, not an officer, a trial like any other suspects.By the way, has the police confirmed the true level of these news? I would very much want to know the source of these information so nobody could open the mouth to say that the story is being blown out of proportion. We all have to thank the hard working news reporters for delivering such news truthfully so people know what is going on in our daily lives.On the other hand, we can have thoughts in mind about the ladies who claimed to be raped after being drunk by having too much drinks so that she got blacked out at the club, and the lady who walked on the street at 2am. I am sorry for such situations which they got themselves into. It is never be right to get hurt by someone else. I will learn from these stories. When I drive to the club to enjoy some fun time, I will tell myself not to get drunk to the black out point so I can drive home safely or better yet, not getting caught by the officer and get expensive ticket. But if I were drunk at the club, I would expect my friends to watch out for me as I would do the same for them. That's what friends are for, right? By then, the stranger and the drunk lady would be on the same boat of agreement. Even her non-intoxicated friends had no rejection. Not even the security at the club found wrong behavior to their book. Not even the police waiting outside of the club to keep the public safety got any suspicions. Not even the security in the parking lot saw bad behavior to stop them.Even a woman happens to walk on the street at 2am for whatever reason, she will question herself if it would be safe to get into a stranger's car for whatever purpose.So let's not make the Customs and Border Protection look bad because after we take off the uniforms from whatever kind of work we have to go back to our normal lives, we are all human.May Lord help us all for any situation that we are in. I pray for his love to heal all our pains, his forgiveness for all our sins and his protection in our moments of danger. We always pray when we need him or thank him for what he has done for us. Then what can we do for our own kind of human due to what we have learnt from God's miracle works? It doesn't matter what religion you have. Your God and mine are all loving, caring and forgiving.

TROUBLEJIDUMMY
TROUBLEJIDUMMY

I HOPE YOUR WISH COME TRUE SO YOU BE ON HIS OWN SHOES AND SEE IF YOU ARE SUCH A BIG MAN TO SMILE :)...................

EGALEYES
EGALEYES

Poor you I think the one that its behaving like raza here its you dumm ass BE HATCH................

razor
razor

bro agree with you mike was a good friend, i grew up with him in el paso t.x and my thoughts and prayers go to his family at this moments especially my other buddy rob

I AM AMERICA
I AM AMERICA

As long as there are American white men, there will be bigoted racist supremacists...there will be militarized white supremacists who like to hunt foreign civilian women and children for sport...there will framing of non-white innocent suspects to let the real guilty white criminals go free

Paul
Paul

There will always be bad eggs...the problem is the fact that most of these bad eggs get slaps on the wrist when they commit offenses and the dept. and the rest of the cops will try to whitewash or cover for them. Just look at the recent case of the Huntington Beach officer who was assaulting/terrorizing his wife and the cops wouldn't help the wife even though she'd call 911. Or that Chicago cop who punched out the female bartender and then tried to bribe her. When that didn't work the Department attempted to whitewash it by filing lesser charges until the DA found out about it and upgraded them. This policy of coddling dirty behavior is exactly why Rampart happened. Or did people already forget about that scandal?

TITUSTHESCUM
TITUSTHESCUM

I THINK THE SCUM HERE ITS YOU....I WILL PRAY FOR YOU............AMEN!!!! MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU...............

latina
latina

but very very few are good

get real
get real

True, but the "thousand good cops" automatically stick up for each other, which is why things like this happen.

Raquelhernandezborjon
Raquelhernandezborjon

Don't judge by others mistakes. Just sit watch and then say all you want after the out come off all this, Obviously you don't know this person personally but that doesn't give you the RIGHT to judge him wrongly. My suggestion its keep it neutral until you hear the final word

Raquelhernandezborjon
Raquelhernandezborjon

Don't judge by others mistakes. Just sit watch and then say all you want after the out come off all this, Obviously you don't know this person personally but that doesn't give you the write to judge him wrongly. My suggestion its keep it neutral until you hear the final word.

Troubleji
Troubleji

Does anyone know what are the requirements to be a police officer or a CBP agent? NONE! only have yourself a GED! Unbelievable! That makes me very upset and then we wonder why they partaking in unprofessional behavior. No education! I think those requirements need to change. Would anyone hire a babysitter with no experience required???

Friend of a Friedn
Friend of a Friedn

That explaines why this Fed got arrested, other cops arrested him, or could you explain "Get Real" about "cops stick up for each other".

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