Blake Northway, a deportation officer for the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was recently arrested for multiple alleged sex crimes.
CNN reported Sunday evening that Northway — who worked for ICE in Oregon — was arrested on 10 counts of sodomy and one count of incest on Thursday following a joint investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The alleged crimes were not in relation to Northway’s duties as an ICE agent, though the agency says it has placed Northway on leave following the charges.
“[ICE holds] officers to the highest standards of professional conduct and does not tolerate those who violate the law,” ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman said in a press release issued by the OSP. No details of the alleged crimes were made available as of this writing.
Blake Northway is just one of the latest in a string of arrests for U.S. immigration officers. This weekend, Juan David Ortiz — a supervisory agent with the U.S. Border Patrol — was arrested in Laredo, Texas, in connection with the murders of four women and the kidnapping of a fifth. Ortiz is facing four murder charges and one aggravated kidnapping charge. All the women he targeted were sex workers.
Also this year, ICE agent Arnaldo Echevarria was convicted of bribing various undocumented immigrants in his custody for a total of $78,000 over a three-year period. Echevarria extorted immigrants anywhere from $7,500 to $16,000 to be placed on a “temporary protected status” docket so they could avoid being separated from their families. Echevarria was ultimately sentenced to seven years in prison and another three years of supervised release.
Blake Northway is currently being held on a $1 million bond at the Jackson County Jail, according to CNN.
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