A 35-year-old man who was deported after being convicted of sexually abusing a minor several years ago was arrested after trying to enter the U.S. in California, authorities announced Monday.
The convicted sex offender was caught by Border Patrol agents as he walked north from the International Border Fence near Mount Signal Road in Seeley about 8:40 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agents determined the man was “illegally present” in the country, the release stated. They then checked records that showed he was convicted of the crime in Texas.
He had been removed from the U.S. in 2009.
The man was not identified in the release, and authorities only described him as a citizen of El Salvador.
“This arrest is a testament to the vital role that the men and women of the El Centro Sector play in safeguarding our nations borders,” said Michael B. Sullivan, Patrol Agent in Charge of the El Centro Border Patrol Station, according to the release.
After being arrested, the man was taken to the Imperial County Jail, where he is being held. He will be prosecuted for “Re-Entry After Removal,” the release stated.
Eight convicted sex offenders who allegedly attempted to re-enter the U.S. after being deported have been arrested in the current fiscal year by El Centro Center Border Patrol agents, authorities said.