NEW YORK — Deportation officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York Field Office arrested 12 illegally present non-citizens convicted of sex offenses during a statewide law enforcement operation Oct. 22-Nov. 4. Law Enforcement Agencies Actions taken by the ERO resulted in a total of 138 arrests nationwide, including some who had already been deported from the United States but were unable to travel.
This enforcement action was carried out to deal with illegally present non-citizens convicted of sex crimes. Cases amenable to federal prosecution may be referred to the appropriate US Attorney’s office.
“The emotional damage that sex offenders inflict on their victims can last a lifetime,” said Kenneth Genalo, deputy field manager, ERO New York Field Office. “The work of our officers on this operation has saved future potential victims from such harm. This invaluable contribution to community safety should be especially appreciated at this time of year when families everywhere gather to celebrate together.”
The following individuals were arrested within the jurisdiction of the New York Field Office:
- A 42-year-old Bolivian citizen of Levittown, NY convicted by Nassau County Court of first degree rape.
- A 27-year-old Honduran resident of New York convicted by the New York County Criminal Court of aggravated first-degree sexual abuse: contact with victim under 13/defendant 21 or older.
- A 56-year-old Mexican national living in Middletown, New York, convicted by Warwick Town Court of the third-degree misdemeanor stalking: Fearing Person Fearing Injury/Sex Offense/Kidnapping/Death.
- A 34-year-old Guatemalan resident of Smithtown, New York, convicted by Suffolk County Court of third-degree rape: victim did not consent, factor other than inability to consent.
- A 43-year-old Haitian resident in Springfield Gardens, New York, found guilty by the Queens County Superior Court of the felony of possessing the sexual capacity of a child.
- A 39-year-old Honduran citizen in Newburgh, New York convicted by the California Supreme Court of lewd or lewd acts with a child under the age of 14.
- A 46-year-old Mexican national in Wyandanch, New York, who was convicted in LaSalle County District Court of criminal sexual assault charges.
- A 54-year-old Uruguayan national in Brentwood, New York, was convicted in Suffolk County Court of felonies of second-degree sexual conduct: an actor over the age of 17, two or more acts on a child under the age of 13.
- A 47-year-old Canadian national from Spring Valley, New York, convicted in Putnam County Court of the felony promotion of an obscene sexual performance by a child under the age of 17.
- A 44-year-old Haiti citizen in Queens Village, New York, Convicted in Queens County Supreme Court of second-degree rape, second-degree encouragement of prostitution, and third-degree encouragement of prostitution.
- A 48-year-old Guyana resident in Brooklyn, New York, has been convicted in Queens County Supreme Court of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse: having sexual contact with a person under the age of 11.
- A 29-year-old El Salvadoran resident of West Islip, New York, was convicted in Nassau County First District Court of misdemeanor assault, violent touch, third-degree sexual abuse and acts of injuring a child under the age of 17.
ICE officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, based on their experience as law enforcement officers, and in a manner that best protects against the greatest threats to the home country.
Non-citizens involved in deportation proceedings receive their legal process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review. EOIR is an agency within the US Department of Justice and separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges at these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers execute deportation decisions made by federal immigration judges.
In fiscal year 2021, ERO arrested 12,025 people with serious crime convictions. Offenses related to non-citizens arrested in FY2021 included 1,506 homicide-related offenses, 3,415 sexual assaults, 19,549 assaults, 2,717 robberies and 1,063 kidnappings.
ICE’s ERO Board of Directors upholds US immigration law, inside and outside our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats such as convicted criminal non-citizens and gang members, as well as individuals who have otherwise violated our country’s immigration laws, including individuals who have returned to the country illegally after being deported and immigrant refugees who were ordered by federal immigration judges to be deported. ERO deportation officers assigned to Interpol also help target foreign fugitives or arrest and deportation cases of fugitives wanted for crimes committed abroad who are now at large in the United States. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration process including identification and arrest, detention, bail management, supervised release, transportation and deportation. In addition, ERO repatriates non-citizens ordered for deportation from the United States to more than 170 countries around the world.
Members of the public may report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or by filling out the online tip form.
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