Border agent arrested in California rape

April 1, 2011 at 9:25 AM

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. border agent in California has been charged with a November sexual assault after DNA allegedly linked him to an earlier crime, police said.

Miguel Lerma Jr. was arrested at his home in Fountain Valley in Orange County Thursday as he left for his job as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with Homeland Security, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

Lerma is accused of picking up a 20-year-old woman on a Santa Ana street last November and sexually assaulting her inside his vehicle.

The crime was unsolved until police linked DNA from the case to a 2009 assault in Long Beach.

Lerma was being held in the Orange County Jail on charges of sexual assault and terrorist threats. Police said there may be more victims.

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