SAN DIEGO — Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the U.S./Mexico International Border arrested a man who had a previous conviction for child molestation.
At around 2:40 p.m., agents patrolling on All-Terrain Vehicles responded to illicit cross-border activity near Otay Mesa, Calif. After following footprints for several hundred yards, agents discovered four men hiding in the brush north of the U.S./Mexico International Boundary. After questioning all four men, agents determined that they were all Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
The four Mexican nationals were then transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing. At the station, record checks revealed that one of the men, 32-years-old, was previously convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in Calif for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age and had a prior record for deportation.
The man is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody pending prosecution for felony re-entry after deportation.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.