Former US Customs worker charged with assaulting woman at LAX

Watchdog Border protection spent $5M on unnecessary polygraph tests

Watchdog Border protection spent $5M on unnecessary polygraph tests

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was charged with sexually assaulting a female employee at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said Friday.

Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, is facing three felony charges for sexual assault-related offenses in connection with the 2014 incident, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He was expected to be arraigned on Friday.

Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, an agricultural specialist officer, allegedly made sexual advances on the victim on August 28, 2014, pushed her and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. Dhaliwal was removed from his post at Customs and Border Protection in September 2016, said CBP spokesman Jaime Ruiz.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spent $5 million on polygraph exams for job applicants who should have been deemed unqualified, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection places a great emphasis on the integrity and professionalism of our workforce and does not tolerate actions that would tarnish the reputation of our agency", the agency said.

Prosecutors will recommend bail be set at $100,000 at his Friday hearing.

If convicted as charged, Dhaliwal faces up to six years in state prison.

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