California (Teri Figueroa-UT San Diego) – Opening statements and testimony got under way Monday in the trial of two U.S. Border Patrol agents accused of committing a lewd act while in the audience of a Cirque du Soleil performance in Del Mar in May.
Kallie Helwig, 25, and Gerald Torello, 35, were off-duty when they attended the acrobatic show “Totem” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They face misdemeanor charges, including committing lewd acts in public, battery and annoying a child.
Torello faces an additional count of making a criminal threat.
Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior told the Vista Superior Court jury that the agents were groping each other during the May 27 matinee show, and that witnesses complained about the pair to security guards.