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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Abuse

SAN DIEGO (CN) - Federal prosecutors accused a 31-year-old Border Patrol agent of deprivation of rights under color of law: kneeing and choking "an unidentified alien."

Luis E. Fonseca, who worked out of the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station, was arraigned Monday.

"According to the indictment, Border Patrol Agent Fonseca kneed and choked an unidentified alien, depriving him of the right under the Constitution and the laws of the United States to be free from use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. "The indictment also alleges as a result of the use of unreasonable force the individual sustained bodily injury."

Bond was set at $25,000 and Fonseca was ordered to appear in court on May 29 for a hearing on motions.

Deprivation of rights under color of law is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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