EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested seven sex offenders who were illegally present in the United States.
The apprehended sex offenders have convictions for sexual assault crimes involving children, some of which include: lewd or lascivious acts with a child; burglary of habitation with intent to commit sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; and sexual battery. The apprehensions occurred in the McAllen, Harlingen, Falfurrias and Kingsville stations’ area of operations.
“Border Patrol agents protect this nation from all threats,” Chief Patrol Agent Kevin W. Oaks said. “Those threats are not always posed by terrorists or drug smugglers; sometimes they take the form of sex offenders. Agents are ensuring the safety of our children and the security of our communities by keeping these dangerous criminals off our streets.”
So far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, Rio Grande Valley agents have apprehended more than 100 sex offenders, an increase of more than 70 percent from fiscal year 2014.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.