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Cincinnati ICE officer indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting immigrants under his supervision

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Ann Thompson
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WVXU

The Justice Department says a former Blue Ash-based ICE deportation officer is jailed for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two immigrant victims. If convicted, 51-year-old Andrew Golobic faces life in prison.

The indictment says he was assigned to the Alternatives to Deportation (ATD) program. That allows certain asylum seekers and other immigrants who ICE has determined pose a low risk to public safety remain in their communities while their immigration cases are pending.

In his role, Golobic supervised immigrants with vulnerable backgrounds, including those fleeing violence, exploitation and sexual assault.

"The defendant was given discretion over the degree of freedom and movement afforded to participants under his supervision, as well as the authority to recommend that ATD participants who violated conditions of the program be detained or deported," a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

Golobic was employed as a deportation officer with ICE from 2006 to 2020. He was assigned to the ATD program from 2015-2020.

If you have information concerning these allegations or others, the Justice Department wants you to call the dedicated tip line at 513-979-8353 or email ICEOfficerComplaints@fbi.gov.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology