San Diego

Border Patrol Agent Arrested on Suspicion of Sex Contact With Potentially Drugged Minor

A Border Patrol agent has been arrested on charges of forcible lewd and lascivious acts on a potentially drugged minor, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego.

Daniel Alfredo Spear, 45, was recently arrested by San Diego Police (SDPD) officials on charges of forcible lewd and lascivious acts on a person under the age of 18 and administering or furnishing drugs to a minor, said Lt. Albrektsen with SDPD’s Sex Crimes unit.

The details of what lead to the charges are unclear. NBC 7 San Diego has reached out to multiple agencies and will update this story when we learn more.

Since his arrest, Spear has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott said.

Border Patrol officials have been cooperating with all investigative agencies on the case, Endicott said. An internal investigation has since been launched.

It was unclear if Spear has retained an attorney. Jail records showed Tuesday night Spear had bailed out. 

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego District Attorney's office. The DA's office is handling the case. The full list of charges he is facing will be announced at the time of his arraignment.

No further information was immediately available. 

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