Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender
Honduran National Deported on Multiple Occasions
EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass arrested a convicted sex offender, Nov. 3.
“By stopping dangerous criminals at the border, U.S. Border Patrol agents protect communities throughout the country,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our border enforcement and national security missions are fulfilled when people like this are prevented from reaching the interior of the country and potentially doing more harm.”
Agents apprehended Felix Canales-Padilla, 42, a citizen of Honduras, after he entered the United States illegally. During processing, records checks revealed that he was convicted in 2001, in Rock County, Wisconsin, of felony child enticement - sexual contact, and sentenced to three years in prison.
Canales-Padilla was issued a Final Order of Removal in 2002. He has subsequently entered the U.S. two additional times in 2005 and 2012 and his order of deportation was reinstated on both occasions.
As a convicted felon, he faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
All individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks utilizing multiple databases including the use of biometrics to ensure those with criminal history are positively identified regardless of their immigration status.
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.