Two Convicted Sex Offenders Arrested by Border Patrol
CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two previously deported sex offenders on Saturday.
The first incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station observed a man suspected of illegally entering the U.S. approximately three miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. Agents responded to the area, and arrested the man. Agents transported the man to the El Centro station for immigration and criminal history screening.
Border Patrol agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, later identified as Pascual Nava-Gutierrez, a 32-year-old Mexican national, had a conviction for Rape Third Degree Felony and Assault 4th Degree on March 20, 2012 in Marion County, Ore. Nava received 60-months of probation and was required to register as a sex offender.
Nava was also convicted of 8 USC 1326 Reentry of Removed Alien on May 23, 2018 and sentenced to six months in prison.
The second incident occurred at around 8:55 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the U.S. approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry.
Border Patrol agents conducted records checks, which revealed the man, later identified as Valentin Valdivia-Alvarez, a 47-year-old Mexican national, had convictions in 1997 for Lewd/Lascivious Acts W/Child and Sex with a Minor. Valdivia received a one-year jail sentence and five-years probation.
Valdivia was previously ordered removed from the U.S. March 24, 2011.
Nava and Valdivia are being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed 18 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after they entered the United States illegally.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.