CALEXICO — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two previously deported sex offenders Saturday, June 1.

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, arrested the man, and transported him 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 fourth-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 § USC 1326 reentry of removed alien on May 23, 2018, and was 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. on March 24, 2011.

Nava and Valdivia are being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

In the 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.

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