Two Border Patrol agents reportedly gave a Cirque du Soleil audience in Del Mar, Calif. more of a “show” than they were hoping for.
The two agents stand accused of engaging in a public “sex act” together during the performance, which occurred on May 27. The pair then allegedly attacked a woman after they were told to get a room, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The offenders in question have been identified as Kallie Helwig, 24, and Gerald Torello, Jr., 35, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Witnesses say Helwig performed oral sex on Torello in front of other members of the audience while they watched the show.
CBS Los Angeles has more:
One witness says she asked the couple to stop and claims they got very angry.
“While I’m watching her, she’s staring at me and she’s throwing punches in the air. And you can hear the guy saying, ‘You can take her, babe. I got your back,’” the unidentified woman said.
The witness claims the male agent held her while the woman punched her in the face.
Both of the agents were reportedly off-duty at the time. They are on paid leave while Border Patrol investigates.
KFMB-TV in San Diego also reports that the agents were off duty at the time. Helwig has argued that she was attacked first. Witnesses, however, have not backed up her claim.
A report released by the local Sheriff’s Department says witnesses also described the pair as drunk.
Additionally, KFMB describes the injuries of the victim:
Photographs show injuries to the face of the woman who claimed the agent attacked her. She said Agent Helwig, “…just turned around and socked me right on my left eye. She got me with a punch to the right jaw and left jaw. I had a black eye and a knot in my forehead.”
Agent Helwig was ultimately given a misdemeanor citation for battery, while Agent Torello was detained for being drunk in public and later released.
Neither agent was charged with any crime related to a sex act in public because, according to investigators, witnesses in the audience did not see any specific sexual contact.
“She had her head in his lap. It looked like her head and her hand where moving up and down and it looked like she was giving him oral sex in public,” the unidentified female witness said.
The witness also alleges that Torello, the male agent, gave a 5-year-old boy a high-five during the incident. There were reportedly other children present.
“The guy was so lacking in judgment that he felt it was okay to give the boy a high five while she was giving him a blow job,” the witness added.
In a statement, U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Steven Pitts said the department is taking the allegations seriously.
“All CBP employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner while on or off duty,” the statement read. “CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. CBP takes every allegation of misconduct seriously and each allegation is investigated.”
The alleged victim of the assault is planning to file a lawsuit against the agents, security at Cirque du Soleil and maybe even against the operators of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, according to the KFMB report:
This story has been updated.