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Previously-Deported Sex Offender Arrested by Tucson Border Patrol Agents

Release Date: 
February 1, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a previously-deported Guatemalan man Tuesday morning and later discovered he was convicted and incarcerated for crimes against a child.

Agents patrolling near Sasabe arrested 23-year-old Henry Velasquez-Lopez for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check on Velasquez, which revealed his November 2016 conviction in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for “Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 4th Degree” and “Children- Accosting for Immoral Purposes.” He was sentenced to one year in prison.

Velasquez will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021