CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested a previously deported registered sex offender ten miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry yesterday.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., agents observed a man walking north from the International Border fence. Upon making contact with the man, agents determined that he was illegally present in the United States.
Border Patrol agents conducted records checks which revealed the man, a 39-year-old Mexican national, was convicted of lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age and was sentenced to three years confinement by Norwalk County Sheriff’s office. The man was previously removed from the United States on May 6, 2009.
“I am proud of the great work Border Patrol agents demonstrated in stopping this previously deported convicted sex offender from further entry into the United States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “Their actions have kept our communities safe.”
The man will be criminally prosecuted for Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted sex offender and is being held at the Imperial County Jail.
In fiscal year 2016, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested nine convicted sex offenders attempting to re-enter the United States after removal.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.
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.