Former border chief gets four years

Published on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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A former Blaine Border Patrol agent will serve up to four years in prison for three counts of child rape.

Joseph W. Giuliano was sentenced in Whatcom County Superior Court on June 25. He was arrested last October on child rape charges and pleaded guilty after he admitted to having sex at least 24 times with a 14-year-old girl who was living with him in his Sudden Valley home.

The charge, a Class C felony, carries up to five years in prison for each count.

At the time of his arrest, Giuliano was the second in command for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector, which encompasses Western Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Whatcom County chief deputy prosecutor Mac Setter had recommended Giuliano serve one year in Whatcom County Jail’s work release program and complete three years of sexual deviancy treatment with a 61 month deferred prison sentence.

According to court documents, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s department learned about the case from an anonymous call from Bellingham high school.

The girl had been residing in his home with Giuliano and his wife since early 2008 after her parents separated.