FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AGENT ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO FORCE A CITIZENSHIP APPLICANT INTO GIVING SEX ACTS FOR IMMIGRATION FAVORS
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney charged a Santa Ana United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as INS) agent for attempting to force an applicant into giving oral copulation under duress and committing a sexual battery under duress. INS District Adjudication Eddie Romualdo Miranda, 60, of Fontana, surrendered Tuesday, March 21, 2006, on the warrant. If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces 4 years and 8 months in state prison.
Miranda worked at the USCIS office located at Federal Building #34 in Santa Ana from August 2005 to February 2006. Sometime between December 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006, Miranda is accused of meeting the 29-year-old Jane Doe to discuss her application for United States citizenship. At the meeting, which took place at the INS office in Santa Ana, Miranda is accused of asking Jane Doe about her marital status and whether or not her spouse was present.
Miranda is accused of telephoning and meeting Jane Doe a few weeks later under the guise of further discussing her application for citizenship. During the meeting, the defendant is accused of requesting Jane Doe to hug and kiss him. Miranda is accused of escorting Jane Doe to his car, touching her sexually, and asking her to perform sexual favors including oral copulation.
Deputy District Attorney John Christl is prosecuting this case. “No one, regardless of their immigration status, should be victimized or preyed upon sexually,” said Christl. Anyone who may have been victimized by Miranda should contact District Attorney Investigator Eric Wiseman at 714-347-8577.