Video shows border agent punched teen in stomach

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent seen punching a Mexican migrant teenager on video has made a first appearance in court.

Aldo Arteaga is a nearly 10-year veteran who is stationed in Nogales. He has been charged with aggravated assault as a result of the Jan. 30 incident.

A prosecutor on Tuesday said she is reviewing the case and considering reducing the charge to a misdemeanor because of the victim's age.

In a video shown to the Associated Press, the agent is seen punching the 15-year-old boy in the stomach. The boy then falls over and lies down in a fetal position.

Arteaga has been placed on administrative leave. His attorney declined to comment.


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