TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brian A. Terry Station arrested a sex offender found guilty of crimes against a child, after he illegally entered the United States near Sierra Vista Friday morning.
Agents encountered 42-year-old Ismael Morales-Hernandez, a Mexican national, shortly after he illegally crossed into the United States. After transporting Morales to their station for processing, agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted in 2003 for “Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14-Years of Age” in Monterey, California.
Morales is being held on criminal immigration violations.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.