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Trial for BP Agents Accused of Sexual Acts at Cirque du Soleil Continues

The two agents who were based at the Imperial Beach station were placed on leave a few weeks after the incident.

The trial of two Border Patrol agents from the Imperial Beach station accused of battery, being drunk in public and public sex acts in front of children and other people at a Cirque du Soleil show in Del Mar last year continued Tuesday.

District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tanya Sierra told IB Patch that Gerald Torello and Kallie Helwig face two counts of lewd conduct, one count of child molesting, one count of battery and one count of making a criminal threat, all misdemeanor charges.

If convicted, the two would be required to register as sex offenders but may qualify to have their names expunged from the registry, according to state law.

While off-duty at the show, members of the audience claimed that Helwig, 24, had her hands and head in the lap of Torello, 35, and appeared to be performing sexual acts.

Repeated requests to stop from members of the audience were ignored until security got involved, said sheriff's Lt. Kenn Nelson.

Since no one in the audience reported seeing the acts take place, initially charges were not filed against Torello or Helwig for the alleged sexual acts, Nelson said.

Deputies from the sheriff's department's Encinitas station arrested Torello and Helwig after an altercation with a man and his wife after the show.

A witness who became emotional on the witness stand Tuesday testified that Torello threatened to kill him and Helwig punched his wife in the face.

Click here to visit CBS8 and see video of testimony.

Torell and Helwig face up to a year in jail if convicted, CBS8 reported.

Both agents were placed on leave last June after the alleged incident and altercation after the show.

Ed Sorrels February 07, 2013 at 01:25 AM
LOL, The Patriot act in action !
John Q Public February 07, 2013 at 05:57 PM
SPECIAL TREATMENT NOT 'JUSTICE' FOR FEDERAL AGENTS! When is "child molesting" is NOT a FELONY?! A woman Is punched in the face resulting in a charge of "battery" - a FELONY when a domestic disturbance is being investigated! Also making a "criminal threat" results in a misdemeanor charge! "Torello threatened to kill" a witness. If you threaten to kill a witness in the presence of an earnest officer of the law you will be arrested for "making a terrorist threat" which is definitely a FELONY! "IF convicted, the two would be required to register as sex offenders but MAY QUALIFY TO HAVE THEIR NAMES EXPUNGED FROM THE REGISTRY"! When was this loophole created? Is this a 'get-off-the-hook' loophole just for law enforcement?
John Q Public February 07, 2013 at 06:19 PM
SPECIAL TREATMENT NOT 'JUSTICE' FOR FEDERAL AGENTS! When is "child molesting" is NOT a FELONY?! A woman Is punched in the face resulting in a charge of "battery" - a FELONY when a domestic disturbance is being investigated! Also making a "criminal threat" results in a misdemeanor charge! "Torello threatened to kill" a witness. If you threaten to kill a witness in the presence of an earnest officer of the law you will be arrested for "making a terrorist threat" which is definitely a FELONY! "IF convicted, the two would be required to register as sex offenders but MAY QUALIFY TO HAVE THEIR NAMES EXPUNGED FROM THE REGISTRY"! When was this loophole created? Is this a 'get-off-the-hook' loophole just for law enforcement?
Ed Sorrels February 08, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Ah Yep, At what point did you believe in equal justice for all, It ain't and never has been and I for one don't see what all the fuss is about, A B.J. and some slap and tickle, Not sufficent to take up the courts time, Altho it was really niether the time or place for it !
Ed Sorrels February 08, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Ah Yep, At what point did you believe in equal justice for all, It ain't and never has been and I for one don't see what all the fuss is about, A B.J. and some slap and tickle, Not sufficent to take up the courts time, Altho it was really niether the time or place for it !

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