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Sisters from Guatemala claim Border Patrol agent sexually assaulted them

Sisters from Guatemala claim Border Patrol agent sexually assaulted them

Two teenage sisters fleeing Guatemala became so desperately lost trekking across the Texas desert that when they saw a U.S. Customs and Border Protection truck, they waved for help.

But the sisters, age 19 and 17, claim that they were taken by a Border Patrol officer to a closet in the Presidio intake office, where he forced them to strip and sexually assaulted them in July 2016. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed legal claims Tuesday against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the sisters, now living in Fresno with their mother.

The claims, seeking $750,000 in compensation for each sister, describe in graphic detail...

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