CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender at 1:50 p.m. on Monday.
Agents assigned to the El Centro Station, arrested a man suspected of illegally entering the U.S. approximately 11 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. The man was arrested and transported to the El Centro station to confirm his identity and evaluate his criminal and immigration history.
Agents were able to identify the man as, Jose C. Gomez, a 63-year-old Mexican national. Agents also discovered that he is a convicted sex offender.
Gomez was convicted in the state of Georgia in 2007 for Felony Child Molestation, and was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison. Gomez was deported in February of 2011 after serving his sentence.
Gomez also served two years in prison in the state of Virginia for Felony Abduction & Kidnapping on Aug.14, 1999.
Gomez is being held in Federal custody pending prosecution for Re-Entry after Removal.
In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed seven convicted sex offenders attempting to enter the United States illegally.
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.