DHS Official Gets Life For Using His Federal Authority to Rape, Abuse, & Then Silence Women Victims
“He was ‘above a cop,’ and ‘untouchable’ and ‘invisible’ to police” because of his federal position.”
In a chilling example of a trusted government official abusing his power to carry out his depravity, a disgraced special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was sentenced to life in federal prison for sexually assaulting two women and leveraging his official position to prevent them from reporting his violent conduct. John Jacob Olivas, 48, of Riverside, California, was found guilty of three counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and sentenced to life in prison this week.
It is worth noting that while HSI had individuals like Olivas in their ranks raping women and silencing them, Homeland Security was busy referring to people who questioned the COVID lockdowns as “domestic terrorists.” This disturbing irony highlights the immense power and authority that comes with law enforcement positions and their ability to demonize the innocent while hell unfolds within their ranks.
Olivas sought out a position of authority and used it to prey on women, violating their constitutional rights while abusing them sexually. According to victim testimony, he made it clear to his victims that the police would not be responsive to any report they made about him due to his status as a federal agent. He even threatened them with retaliation, such as making them “disappear,” having their children taken away, and getting them arrested on fake criminal charges.
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One victim testified that Olivas tried to rape her “after making it clear to her that the police would not be responsive to any report she would make about Olivas because he was ‘above a cop,’ and ‘untouchable’ and ‘invisible’ to police” because of his federal position, the U.S. attorney’s office statement said.
The victims endured Olivas’s “violent, escalating, controlling, and intimidating behavior, which included his repeated brandishing of HSI credentials to [them] and asserting that he was above the law,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.
United States Attorney Martin Estrada stated, “Olivas is a sexual predator who willfully abused his power as a federal agent to torment his victims, causing them physical, emotional, and psychological pain.” He went on to emphasize the importance of holding public officials accountable for their actions.
Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, Donald Alway, also commented on the case, saying, “John Jacob Olivas not only used the power of his position to commit horrific acts of violence and silence his victims, his actions while employed as a government agent served to undermine the efforts of honorable law enforcement officials.” He expressed hope that this significant sentence would deliver justice to the victims and restore trust in government agencies.
Jeffrey J. Gilgallon, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility’s Western Region, called Olivas’s actions “reprehensible” and reaffirmed that no law enforcement officer is above the law.
While the sentencing of Olivas is just and deserved, it is important to recognize that such outcomes are rare among those in law enforcement. Far too often, predators with a badge are seldom held accountable for their actions, protected by the so-called “thin blue line” that stands in solidarity with fellow officers, even when they have betrayed the trust and responsibility that comes with wearing a badge. This culture of silence and complicity allows for the continuation of abuse and misconduct, eroding public trust in the very institutions meant to protect and serve.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist