Secret Service officer charged with sexual assault of girl, 14

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Published October 24, 2012


A Secret Service officer assigned to Vice President Joe Biden’s residence was  arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in his  custody.

Hector Reynaldo Cuellar of Woodbridge, Va., was charged with three counts of  aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a  child by a custodian, according to a daily incident report released by the  Prince William County Police Department. He is being held without bond.

“The investigation revealed that the 14-year-old female victim was sexually  assaulted by the accused family member on separate occasions between August and  October of 2012,” according to the Prince William County Police Department’s  daily incident report.


There is no mention of his employment with the Secret Service in the police  report, but sources told that Cuellar, 51, is a uniformed division  officer assigned to the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C.

In response to’s request for comment, Secret Service spokesman Ed  Donovan said via email:

“We are aware of the arrest of this employee. He has been placed on  administrative leave pending the outcome of judicial action. Any other questions  should be referred to the Prince William County police.”

When asked how long Cuellar has been with the Secret Service, Donovan told, “We aren’t providing any further information at this point.”

Sources also said that on Tuesday afternoon, the Secret Service’s Security  Clearance Division sent around a “Do Not Admit” email notification throughout  the agency for Hector Cuellar.

Police were first notified on Sunday, according to the police incident  report.

“On October 21st, detectives from the Special Victim Unit received a report  of a sexual assault, reported to have occurred in the Woodbridge area of Prince  William County,” the report says.

Cuellar was arrested the next day following a police investigation.

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