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Armed Guard Charged With Forcing Sex From Asylum Seeker Mulls Dismissal as Contractor

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 5 – An armed guard forced a man seeking asylum to put her mouth on his penis in the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building in lower Manhattan on May 4, 2023 prosecutors charged him on May 5.

 Jimmy Solano-Arias was presented before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron on the afternoon of May 5. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag Court. 

  Solano-Arias is paid to as an armed guard at 26 Federal Plaza. The Victim, who is a native Spanish speaker, went to submit an application for asylum. The complaint, not initially public on PACER, says Solano-Arias asked "if the Victim was by himself or with family." 

  The Victim was taken into a utility closet; Solano-Arias "pulled out his penis and said 'take my milk out.'" The Victim managed to take a video. 

 Nevertheless, the prosecutors agreed to Solano-Arias' release on $175,000 unsecured bond, with travel to New Jersey.

More on Substack here.

On September 5, Solano-Arias appeared before the assigned District Judge Paul G. Gardephe. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom. His Federal Defender said she plans to move to dismiss, saying he was a contractor, and charged under the wrong statute. She also said it appears there is no DNA evidence. Judge Gardephe said motions are due October 5, and a next conference October 6.

The case is US v. Solano-Arias, 23-cr-275 (Gardephe)


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