Since October 2011, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested 23 criminal sex offenders illegally in the country, according to a press release.
All were apprehended near Calexico and are all males with prior felony convictions for sex offenses such as sexual intercourse with a child, rape and sodomy.
Many have extensive criminal histories, and all were presented for prosecution on federal immigration charges.
Five of those sex offenders, all Mexican nationals, have been convicted and sentenced for illegally entering the United States after being previously removed.
They are Filemon Jaimes-Rios, who was given six months jail time with two years supervised release; Ivan Osorio-Morales, who was given 18 months jail time with three years supervised release; Jose Emmanuel Melquiades-Fabian, who was given 37 months jail time with three years supervised release; Claudio Miguel Damian-Gonzalez, who was given five months jail time with one year supervised release; and Jesus Soto Mendoza, who was given 27 months jail time with three years supervised release.
The remaining 18 of those arrested await the conclusion of their immigration proceedings and will be deported to the country of origin after completing jail time, according to the release.
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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