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Two persons who are said to be five-year-veterans with the Border Patrol have a trial date at the end of this month, for a case in which they are accused of attacking a woman after a circus performance at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, in May 2012.

Attorneys for Kallie Lamb Helwig, 25, and Gerald Joseph Torello, 35, were in a San Diego Superior Courtroom last Friday. Both defendants plead not guilty to multiple charges including disorderly conduct, lewd acts in public, battery, and annoy child. Gerald Torello also faces one additional charge of making a criminal threat. All the offenses are charged as misdemeanors.

There are reportedly at least three witnesses who will testify that they saw Helwig and Torello commit lewd acts in their spectator seats, during a performance by Cirque du Soleil, and then attack a woman who suggested they should “get a room.” The offenses allegedly occurred May 27, 2012.

The alleged victim testified at a preliminary hearing last August, she said that Kallie Helwig was lying in wait for her when she walked toward an exit, as the victim was leaving the circus tent. The alleged victim said that Helwig hit her in the face with a closed fist while her companion Torello called out encouragement: “You can take her babe, I got your back.”

The alleged victim told a judge that “my heart dropped” and she feared the incident would be swept under the rug, when she learned that her attackers were both Border Patrol agents. She expressed shock at their alleged behavior, “These are federal agents. They are supposed to exercise some form of judgment.”

Prosecutor Tracy Prior stated that a misdemeanor trial date was set for January 30, in Department 5 of San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse in Vista, California.


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Javajoe25 Jan. 14, 2013 @ 6:46 p.m.

Disorderly conduct? Lewd acts in public? Battery? Annoy child? (this last one has me stumped).

Hey, this is San Diego, Baby. This is nothing for members of uniformed services. I'm surprised one of these two clowns didn't shoot the woman too. No doubt, charges will be brought against the lady who was attacked and the two drunken bozos will walk...maybe even get commendations for going above and beyond.


SurfPuppy619 Jan. 14, 2013 @ 7:57 p.m.

Annoy child? (this last one has me stumped).

It is annoying a child, and it was probably the victims kid/s because of the dirtbags behaviour towards their mother. The dirtbags conduct is reprehensible.


Visduh Jan. 14, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

Clowns is right. The story doesn't mention if they are still are part of "la migra." Nor does it mention whether convictions will result in employment termination.

Oh, then there's the matter of the degree of offense. Misdemeanors? The assault, as described, sounds felonious to me, as does the verbal encouragement. Conspiracy? But, hey, here in San Diego County you take what you can get. The fact that they are going to trial is the big surprise. Our DA is actually taking on wrongdoers who are employed in law enforcement? Will wonders ever cease?


SurfPuppy619 Jan. 14, 2013 @ 8 p.m.

Nor does it mention whether convictions will result in employment termination.

Won't happen even if they are convicted, the gov is so sad and pathetic, but it is all gamed and manipulated.


SurfPuppy619 Jan. 14, 2013 @ 7:55 p.m.

She expressed shock at their alleged behavior, “These are federal agents. They are supposed to exercise some form of judgment.”

Gov trough feeders are hired on everything BUT merit.

The both would have been FIRED the acid they were charged if they worked in the real world


Lucy D. Barker Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:47 p.m.

The sheriff's deputies weren't going to do anything until the victim went to the media - that needs to be said again and again.

I wonder what Torello's wife thinks about all this?


SurfPuppy619 Jan. 16, 2013 @ 1:54 p.m.

Says FAR MORE about Torello than anything his wife thinks or says...........


Visduh Jan. 19, 2013 @ 10:25 a.m.

This also points out the role of the media and that people actually read/see/hear news and react. Freedom of the press is meaningless if nobody cares. This time the outcome was good. How many other and similar incidents have been swept under the rug? Had it not been for media coverage, Manny Guaderrama's son would have gotten away with his outrageous conduct, and Manny would be the chief of police in Paso Robles.


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