Border Patrol Arrests 2 Convicted Sex Offenders
Previously Deported Felons Apprehended in Separate Events
“As law enforcement professionals, our agents regularly arrest dangerous criminals,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “The arrests of these convicted sex offenders illustrate the importance of our agency’s ongoing mission to protect the people of the United States and our communities.”
On July 6, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station apprehended a Honduran national shortly after he made illegal entry into the United States. Records checks revealed that in 1998 he was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor in Los Angeles County, California and sentenced to three years in prison. He was deported to Honduras in 2001.
Later the same day, Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass Station arrested a Mexican national after he made an illegal entry. Records checks indicated that in 2009 he was convicted of sexual battery in Marion County, Indiana. He was deported to Mexico in 2010.
As convicted felons, both men face 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.