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Dangerous Sex Offender Banned For Life

Release Date: 
December 9, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - A 43-year-old male from El Salvador, apprehended by Tucson Station Border Patrol agents in April, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Nov. 29.

Emir Torres-Barrientos

Emir Torres-Barrientos San Salvador, El Salvador

The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Emir Torres-Barrientos for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally after he was apprehended on April 9. During processing at the Tucson Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed Torres-Barrientos was convicted in 1998 in Douglas County, Neb., of three counts of sexual assault on a child and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Records also indicated Torres-Barrientos was previously deported from the United States through Texas.

Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Torres-Barrientos will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 30 month incarceration. He is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the United States Attorney General.

All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, thereby assisting agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.

In January, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol enhanced the Consequence Delivery System as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants, while simultaneously disrupting the smuggling cycle and reducing recidivism rates by ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017