EL PASO, TEXAS—A convicted sex offender was apprehended yesterday by Border Patrol agents working in the El Paso area soon after entering the United States illegally.
The incident unfolded as El Paso Station agents were working approximately one-mile east of the Paso Del Norte port of entry. The agents encountered one subject immediately after he illegally entered the United States. The subject was later identified as 45-year-old Luis Rene Lemus, a Cuban National.
Lemus' biographical and biometric information were submitted into the Integrated Automated Identification System (IAFIS). The system positively identified the subject and further revealed that Lemus had prior convictions for Sex Offense Against a Child/Fondling Conduct on a 16-year-old child, Cruelty to a Child, Child Abuse-no Great Bodily Harm and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Dependency of a Minor.
Lemus also has a prior immigration history of being previously ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in 2002. Lemus now faces charges for illegal re-entry into the U.S., and is currently being detained at the El Paso County Detention Facility awaiting prosecution.
This latest arrest of a convicted sexual offender is another prime example of the U.S. Border Patrol's constant efforts to bring law violators to justice. Our mission is reflective in reduced criminal activity in the U.S. as we ensure the safety and security in our communities.
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.