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      Border Patrol agent jailed for hospital room sexual assault

      Philip Anthony Westerman // Hidalgo County Jail Photo

      A South Texas U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested on a sexual assault charge after an incident with a woman he was guarding at a Corpus Christi hospital.

      Gail Loeb, who is the first assistant district attorney in Nueces County, said Friday that 42-year-old Philip Westerman of McAllen was arrested on a second-degree sexual assault charge.

      Hidalgo County Jail spokeswoman Rosa Ybarra said Westerman was booked into the jail Wednesday with bond set at $150,000. It was unclear if Westerman had an attorney.

      The Border Patrol confirmed the arrest and said Westerman was on administrative leave.

      The FBI, Corpus Christi police and the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Inspector General's office are jointly investigating the April 28th incident.

      Border Patrol Statement

      Agent Westerman is assigned to the Falfurrias Station and has been with the Border Patrol since August 2010. Corpus Christi Police department is investigating a sexual assault allegation against Westerman in conjunction with DHS Office of the Inspector General. He is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

      CBP 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. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.