A 20-year U.S. Customs and Border Protection official resigned last fall amid allegations of sexual misconduct against multiple women who worked with him, according to a new report from NBC News.
The agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility is now reportedly investigating Tony Barker, the former acting chief of Border Patrol’s law enforcement operations directorate, for his behavior toward the women, which allegedly included threatening one female employee in order to obtain sexual favors.
NBC News reported a woman who worked under Barker alleged that the Border Patrol official made the threats in retaliation against her when she tried to end their consensual relationship.
Other women are said to have come forward with similar stories after the first allegation was made.
Barker denied all the allegations in a statement to NBC, calling them “entirely and unequivocally false,” but stepped down from his post in October and is now looking for “other opportunities.”
The Hill has reached out to Customs and Border Protection for comment.
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