Border patrol arrests convicted sex offender

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CALEXICO – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a convicted sex offender with an expired immigration status Wednesday near downtown Calexico, according to a press release from the U.S. Border Patrol.

Border Patrol agents reported at around 2:40 p.m., agents assigned to the Calexico Border Patrol Station observed a man running north from the international border fence. Agents approached the man and determined that he was illegally present in the United States, the press release said. The man was arrested and transported to the Calexico station for processing.

According to the report, Border Patrol agents conducted a records checks which revealed the 37-year-old man was Roberto Garcia-Ledesma, a Mexican national who was convicted in California in 2004 for “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child.” Garcia was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison.

In 2014, Garcia’s status as a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident expired and he failed to take the necessary steps to re-new his status, the press release stated. In 2015, Garcia attempted to enter the Calexico port of entry and was found to have an outstanding warrant for a sex offense and failure to register as a convicted sex offender. Garcia was then sentenced to 16 months of imprisonment and was deported.

“Protecting our nation’s borders and keeping our communities safe is often one and the same,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim in the report. “Arrests like these send a clear message that we will keep our communities safe and will prosecute aliens who have committed felonies in the United States.”

Garcia will face removal proceedings, according to the press release.