Customs Agents accused of extreme hazing involving "Rape Table".
Customs agents at Newark Airport suffered sexual abuse – including being assaulted on a “rape table” – as part of sick hazing rituals orchestrated by other officers, according to a report.
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the claims, which allegedly go back several years, according to NBC 4 New York.
“I’m afraid for my life, my safety,” CBP officer Diana Cifuentes told the station. “This is terrorizing. How is it that officers believe they’re free to do whatever they want to do?”
Three officers who say they were too afraid to speak out earlier have come forward with their stories, alleging the abusive hazing goes on in a Terminal C room outfitted with security cameras.
“Hazing wouldn’t do this justice. This is complete assault. They take you in a room and your fellow officers are all watching as officers grab you,” CBP officer Vito Degironimo said.
The veteran officers referred to a conference table in the middle of the room as a “rape table,” Degironimo charged.
“Once the lights go out, they grab you up like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer ended up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse,” he said. “I’m grabbed by other officers against my will. I don’t know how much more criminal you can get.”
Cifuentes said she was able to avoid the “rape table” – but ended up taped to a chair with customs tape. At one point, another officer pointed his gun at her in the room.
“I was very afraid for my life,” she said. “I took a deep breath and kept on typing like nothing was happening. I know that if I reacted either he was going to pull the trigger or I was going to draw the weapon myself and shoot him.”
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told The Post there’s an “ongoing” investigation into the abuse allegations.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe,” the spokesperson said.
“We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we cooperate fully with all criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, whether it occurs on or off duty.”