Federal officials have arrested three U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who allegedly hazed their colleagues at the Newark Liberty International Airport using a "rape table."
Prosecutors allege senior CBP officers at the airport would take newer officers into a secure room, throw the newer officer on a table and hold them down while one would "grind against their genital areas," according to the complaint, which said the two victims were male.
WNBC in New York said other officers have reported being victimized by hazing from more senior officers, and that the hazing has been going on for several years. The complaint said the specific times of the alleged crimes were in March and October of 2016.
The arrested CBP officers include 32-year-old Michael Papagni, of West Orange, New Jersey; 38-year-old Tito Catota, of Newark, N.J.; and 40-year-old Parmenio Perez of Patterson, N.J. The three accused officers were all part of the Passenger Enforcement Rover Team.
A statement by William Fitzpatrick, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, called the alleged violence "senseless acts of physical abuse."
"We do not tolerate misconduct in our ranks and are committed to a safe workplace environment free of harassment or intimidation," Customs and Border Protection spokesman Anthony Bucci said in a statement to WNBC.
The Department of Homeland Security said the inspector general will also be investigating, according to CBS News.