Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a man with a violent criminal history after he entered the U.S. illegally near San Miguel southwest of Tucson Tuesday evening.
During processing, agents conducted a records check on Euder Eizeo Gomez-Fuentes, a 23-year-old Guatemalan national, and learned he was convicted in February 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 3rd degree sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Gomez-Fuentes will remain in federal custody pending a court decision on criminal felony immigration charges.
All individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.