TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Tucson Border Patrol agent is in jail facing sexual assault charges.  

Tucson Police Department announced Wednesday on its Facebook page that its officers arrested 33-year-old Steven Charles Holmes, and booked him into the Pima County Jail.  

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Holmes is accused of sexually assaulting three women he met on an online dating app, police said. 

It's not clear if the alleged attacks happened while Holmes was on or off duty. 

Holmes was at work when TPD officers handcuffed him Tuesday at the Tucson Sector Border Patrol office. 

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"It's unfortunate because this is a person of trust and you would hope that he's not going to betray that trust," said Scott Pietrzak, who has a background in law enforcement and is the owner of Online Safety Specialists.

Pietrzak typically teaches children and parents online safety techniques, but he says when it comes to dating apps, it's essentially all the same. 

"It's really no different than what we teach our kids. It's a stranger danger, it's just a more sophisticated form of stranger danger," Pietrzak said. "Anyone can make a profile. For the most part, the people that are on there are probably on there for the right reasons, but there are bad apples out there, that's unfortunate, it's just the society we live in now." 

Pietrzak encourages people to meet in a public place, drive yourself to at least the first date, and tell a friend where you'll be going. 

"There's nothing wrong with having pepper spray or maybe a taser inside to bring with you. If anything it's for peace of mind, just to kind of say if something does go south, at least I can protect myself."

Police said the investigation into Holmes started last week, after a woman reported the two went out on a date and he sexually assaulted her.

Prior to the date, she told detectives he identified himself as a Border Patrol Agent.

That led investigators to at least two other women who reported similar experiences. 

Police say the investigation uncovered multiple victims with similar reports occurring from January 2012 to January 2019.

TPD spokesperson Sgt. Pete Dugan said in cases like this, it's possible there could be more victims.  

Holmes was charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of aggravated assault. 

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson issued the following statement about the case:

Holmes has seven years of service with the U.S. Border Patrol. He has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of its mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on, or off duty, and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged misconduct by our personnel. 

This investigation in ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Tucson Police, 911, or 88-CRIME.

 


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