OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested a previously deported sex offender near Ocotillo on Sunday night.
At approximately 8 p.m., agents tracked a man north from the International Border approximately 24 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. 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.
Agents conducted record checks and identified the man as Javier Reyes-Gomez. The man had three felony conviction for sexual acts performed on a minor; to include, Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14, which he was sentenced to 56 months in jail. Furthermore, record checks revealed Gomez subsequently was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge on Mar. 2, 2002.
“This offender victimized children in Riverside, a community not very close to the border many miles from the border,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. “I think this is a good example of how border security efforts and the actions of the U.S. Border Patrol impact communities not traditionally associated with the border. This serious criminal will not get a chance to return to Riverside and potentially victimize anyone else.”
Gomez, a 28-year-old Mexican citizen, will be prosecuted for Re-Entry-After-Removal as a convicted sex offender.
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.