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Texas CBP Officers Arrest Wanted Sex Offender

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Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville port of entry apprehended a man on an arrest warrant for first degree continuous sexual assault of a young child from Brownsville, Texas.

On Sunday, May 22, a CBP officer's query on primary at the Gateway International Bridge resulted in a referral of a man identified as Francisco Antonio Leija, 20, a U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas for a secondary examination. A CBP officer's secondary checks of a national database revealed a possible active warrant for first degree continuous sexual assault of a child for Leija. CBP officers confirmed the active warrant for Leija with pending charges related to a case from the Brownsville Police Department for continuous sexual assault of a child. CBP officers arrested Leija and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the Brownsville Police Department. Leija was transported to the Brownsville city jail and will face pending charges.

"Our CBP officers' apprehension of this wanted fugitive for allegedly sexually assaulting a child is part of the tremendous work being done by our CBP officers towards our protection. I commend our officers for their outstanding service and vigilance in stopping this wanted man on the frontline," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021