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Feds: Customs officers hazing included 'rape table' at Newark airport

• by AP

Federal prosecutors say the officers were arrested Wednesday and were due to make their initial court appearances later in the day.

All three officers are charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating and interfering with the two victims. It's not known if they've retained lawyers.

Officials have said senior officers would allegedly take newer officers into a secure room, throw them on a table and grind against their genital areas.

Officers who have reported being hazing victims say the abuse happened for years. The allegations surfaced after an investigation by WNBC in New York.

The officers arrested include 38-year-old Tito Catota, of Newark; 40-year-old Parmenio Perez, of Paterson, and 32-year-old Michael Papagni, of West Orange.

According to a federal complaint, the defendants were assigned to the Passenger Enforcement Rover Team, a unit responsible for identifying passengers who might be carrying contraband or associated with terrorist activities.