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Guatemalan Child Sex Predator Arrested by ICE After Release by Massachusetts Judge


Court ignored ICE immigration detainer against illegal alien despite conviction for sex crimes against child under 14

An illegal alien convicted of sex crimes against a child was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after a Massachusetts judge ignored a detainer against the predator and released him back onto the streets, authorities say.

The 34-year-old Guatemalan citizen was arrested on February 21 in Gloucester, a small coastal city approximately 30 miles north of Boston.

The illegal alien was one of 275 noncitizen sex offenders rounded up during a nationwide operation earlier this month.

He illegally entered the United States in April of 2011 at an unknown location and remained in the country until he was arrested in December of 2023 in Essex County, MA.

“The 34-year-old citizen of Guatemala was convicted in January of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and a separate offense of assault and battery, in Gloucester District Court,” ICE explained in a press release.

“He was ordered by the court to register as a sex offender with the state sex offender registry. The court ignored ERO Boston’s immigration detainer and released him back into the community.”

#ImmigrationEnforcement #SexOffenders #PublicSafety @EROBoston arrests unlawfully present Guatemalan sex offender released back into community by local court. Read more: https://t.co/2au9htOLEl pic.twitter.com/LIcN0kIKHe

— ERO Boston (@EROBoston) February 27, 2024

The child sex predator is being held in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

“This individual represented a dire threat to the residents of Massachusetts,” said ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons in a statement.

“Unlawfully present, convicted sex offenders should not be given the opportunity to reoffend. The victim of his crimes deserves better from our justice system. The men and women of ERO Boston will continue to protect our communities from such threats.”

Authorities continue to catch dangerous foreign criminals illegally present in the U.S.

Last week, a known MS-13 gang member with three prior deportations who is wanted for murder in his home country of El Salvador was arrested by ICE agents in Foxboro, MA.

Weeks ago, another MS-13 gangbanger from El Salvador with multiple convictions for sex crimes in the U.S. was arrested in Riverdale, Maryland.

Earlier this month, a Honduran gang member with a lengthy rap sheet and six prior deportations was caught illegally crossing the Canadian border into Vermont.

Days prior, ICE arrested a previously-deported child rapist in Massachusetts who had illegally returned to the U.S. around 10 years ago and was convicted of another sex crime in 2015.

Last month, Texas troopers arrested a human smuggler wanted for murder in Mexico.

Also in January, an illegal alien from Brazil who was released into the U.S. under Joe Biden was deported to face rape charges in his homeland.

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