Authorities: CBP agent is accused of child molestation


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PHOENIX -- Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent from Sierra Vista has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation.

31-year-old Jeremy Cole is accused of molesting a friend's 5-year-old daughter over the weekend.

"He was in town for Bike Week in Scottsdale and he was staying at a friend's house.  And in the early morning hours of March 27th, it is alleged that he molested this 5-year-old girl," said Detective Seth Tyler of the Chandler Police Department.

According to court paperwork, Cole snuck into the little girl's room sometime around 2:00 a.m. while she was sleeping.  He was caught coming out of the room by the child's mother, but said he was "looking for a towel" to take a shower.

The mother became suspicious and asked her daughter if anything happened.

The girl said Cole "took off my pants" and then "pulled off my panties."

When questioned by detectives, the girl said Cole touched her butt, arm and privates and that "it hurt."  And when she asked Cole what he was doing, he said, "I'm not doing anything.. I'm just making sure you're okay."

When detectives talked to Cole's fiancée, she told them he must have been sleep walking and that the girl was making up the charges.

"These types of investigations are.. there's a lot of precision to them.  There are a number of steps investigators have to take, even today we were doing that," said Tyler.

Cole was taken into custody last Friday at his parent's home in Peoria and booked into a downtown Phoenix jail.

It was unclear Tuesday if he has an attorney yet.

Cole is assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station. CBP officials say he is currently on leave with pay pending additional criminal proceedings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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