OTAY MESA — San Diego Sector (SDC) Border Patrol agents arrested a sex offender Tuesday, January 12, who had been previously removed from the country, according to a press release.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., agents patrolling the border near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry encountered a man illegally present in the US. Agents arrested the man for entry without inspection. Record checks revealed that the 38-year-old Mexican national had been convicted for rape of a child in 2003 and was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by 38 months of supervised release.  

In July 2005, the man was subsequently arrested by Border Patrol agents in New Mexico and was prosecuted for criminal re-entry after removal. After serving more than three years in prison for this offense, he was removed to Mexico in November 2008. The man is being held in Federal custody pending criminal prosecution for felony illegal re-entry after removal.

“The vigilance of the men and women of the US Border Patrol prevented this dangerous individual from re-entering our communities and I am proud of their hard work,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  

Since the beginning of fiscal year 2021, SDC’s Border Patrol agents have arrested 15 sex offenders. During fiscal year 2020, 25 sex offenders were arrested in San Diego Sector.

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