| Moments later, an individual identified in the complaint as “CBPO 2” shut off the lights in the PERT office. Papagni, Catota, and another officer identified in the complaint as “CBPO 3” then allegedly grabbed Victim Ones arms and legs and threw him on top of the PERT office table. While Papagni, Catota, and CBPO 3 held him down, Perez got on top of Victim Ones mid-section and grinded his body up and down against Victim Ones genitals through the victims clothing in a motion simulating a sex act. Victim One unsuccessfully attempted to push Perez off his body. When Perez eventually got off of Victim One, Papagni, Catota, and CBPO 3 released him. |
On Nov. 30, 2016, Victim Two, who was assigned to the Port Director staff, went to the PERT office to speak to CBPO 1. A few minutes later, Victim Two saw an officer identified as “CBPO 4” lock one of the doors to the office. Victim Two started to walk towards the other door to the PERT office but it was closed. Catota, Papagni, and Perez then grabbed Victim Two and threw him on his side on the PERT office table. While two of the defendants held Victim Two down on top of the table, the other defendant got on top of Victim Two and moved his genitals up and down on Victim Twos leg in simulation of a sex act. Victim Two struggled to get free until Catota, Papagni, and Perez eventually released him. Both counts in the complaint carry a maximum potential penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.