BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — PEABODY — Jury selection got under way yesterday in the trial of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from Florida who is charged with raping a family friend during a visit to Massachusetts in 2007.
Neil Julien, 51, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was indicted in 2011 on the charge.
Prosecutors allege that Julien traveled to Peabody with the alleged victim, then still a teenager, and her mother, a woman Julien had once dated and with whom he remained friendly, to attend the high school graduation of a family member.
They shared a motel room in Peabody, where the alleged incidents took place.
Julien, who had faced similar charges in Florida that were later dismissed, was reported by The Miami Herald to be a supervisor at an immigration detention facility in Homestead, Fla.
The trial is expected to last about a week, a prosecutor and defense lawyers told Salem Superior Court Judge Maynard Kirpalani, who will preside over the trial.