Guardsman arrested at border fired last year by sheriff

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Guardsman arrested at border fired last year by sheriff
This undated photo provided by the Alpine, Texas Police Department shows Luis Carlos Ontiveros. Ontiveros is a Texas National Guard member serving at the U.S.-Mexico border and is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel. Police in Alpine arrested Ontiveros on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The Texas National Guard confirmed that Ontiveros was serving in Operation Guardian Support, the mission launched in April in response to President Donald Trump's call for the National Guard to go to the border. (Alpine Police Department via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — A National Guard member arrested on a sexual assault charge while serving on the U.S.-Mexico border lost his job as a county jailer last year after being arrested for drunken driving.

Records obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday show Luis Carlos Ontiveros was fired in January 2017 by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff fired Ontiveros one month after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, accusing him of crashing his car while drunk and lying about it to police and investigators.

Ontiveros remained a member of the Texas Army National Guard. He was arrested Monday in Alpine, Texas, and accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a motel.

Ontiveros hasn’t responded to phone messages. The Guard declined to comment but said it is cooperating with investigators.