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Hector Cuellar, Secret Service officer, arrested for sexual battery

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His job was to protect the second most powerful man in the world, but now Hector Cuellar is accused of taking advantage of a young girl who had no protection.

Cuellar was arrested in his Woodbridge home and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in his custody, a 14-year-old girl who is his close relative.

Police say the assault happened on three separate occasions between August and October. Cuellar was arrested Monday and remains in jail in Manassas.

He also corroborated the girl's story to police, but only after she reported him.

As a Secret Service agent, Cuellar, who is 51, was assigned to the Vice President's home in Washington. This continues a string of ugly news for the agency, beginning with the prostitution scandal in Colombia last spring, followed by the arrest of an agent from the President's advance team two weeks ago in Miami for drunk and disorderly.

Gabriel Dandridge lives near Cuellar, but doesn't know him and frankly doesn't care whether he worked for the Secret Service or not.

"It doesn't matter who he's protecting or what kind of job he has. It's just the fact that it's wrong."

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