Mexican Subject Had Been Previously Deported
EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested a Mexican national, convicted of sexual assault of a child.
“Our agents are committed to keeping our communities safe,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch, U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector. “The apprehension of convicted sex offenders is one of the many ways we accomplish this goal.”
On Feb. 8, Vidal Gomez-Soto, a 29-year-old Mexican national, was apprehended by Eagle Pass Border Patrol agents patrolling the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass. During processing, agents discovered that in 2009, Gomez-Soto was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Houston. Gomez-Soto was sentenced to two years incarceration and served one year, subsequently Gomez-Soto was ordered removed from the U.S. in May of 2010.
Gomez-Soto faces a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation – 8 USC § 1326 – which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. During FY 2016, to date, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 10 previously deported sex offenders. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.