OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested a previously deported sex offender near the Calexico Port of Entry on Saturday night.
At approximately 8 p.m., agents observed a man walking north from the International Border approximately 11 miles west of the port. Agents apprehended the man and determined that he was illegally present in the United States. The man was placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro Station for further processing.
Border Patrol agents conducted records checks which revealed the man was a 37-year-old national of Mexico,who was convicted of sex with a minor and sentenced to 162 days jail in Calif. He was subsequently removed from the United States in 2002.
“Border Patrol agents routinely encounter individuals with serious criminal histories like this and work diligently to ensure they can do no more harm to those in our community,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.
The man will be criminally prosecuted for Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted sex offender.
This man is the first sex offender arrested by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents in fiscal year 2017.
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.