U.S. Customs and Border Protection Employee Charged with Sexually Abusing Minor

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee is being charged with sexually abusing a child in Chippewa County.

Adam Pelinksi was arraigned in court Friday. He is facing charges related to criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Sault Ste. Marie detectives tell us Pelinski was arrested at this building complex Thursday.

Court documents reveal Pelinski is charged with five second degree sex crime charges involving a minor.

He also faces charges for second degree child abuse, assault, and assault with intent to sexually penetrate.

The alleged crimes took place in 2014 and 2015.

Pelinski works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Marine Interdiction Agent.

In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells us Pelisnki has worked there since 2010 and is on paid administrative leave.

“We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we cooperate fully with all criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, whether it occurs on or off duty,” Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Public Affairs Officer, said in a statement.

Sault Ste. Marie Police turned over their investigation to the Chippewa County Prosecutor’s office.

We reached out to the prosecutor’s office for comment, but they said their office policy is to not comment on open cases.

The judge has set Pelinski’s bond at $300,000, and he is expected back in court August 1.

Here is the full statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

“On July 11, Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) Adam Pelinski was placed under arrest by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department. Pelinski, assigned to the CBP Air and Marine Operations office in Sault Ste. Marie is currently being charged with five counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct. MIA Pelinski has been employed with CBP since 2010, and is currently on paid administrative leave.

U.S. Customs and Border Protections Office of Professional Responsibility along with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General is fully cooperating and assisting the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department who is the lead investigative agency on the case. 

CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and agents/officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we cooperate fully with all criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, whether it occurs on or off duty.”