Border Patrol apprehends six sex offenders

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents apprehended six sex offenders over the weekend that had illegally entered the United States from Mexico.  Five of the offenders were arrested for sex crimes against children.

Casa Grande Agents apprehended a man Friday who had been convicted of having sex with a minor.  Agents assigned to the Ajo Station apprehended a male Saturday arrested for raping a child, assault, and child molestation.  Tucson Station agents also apprehended an individual Saturday who had been arrested for sexual intercourse with a minor.  The three subjects are being held for prosecution. 

Douglas Station agents arrested three sex offenders: one convicted of sexual assault of a child; another charged for rape and sexual abuse; and the third arrested for lewd acts with a child.  The subjects were held for further processing. 

Agents discovered the criminal histories of each individual by enrolling them into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).  IAFIS allows agents to access criminal records throughout the Nation. 

“Law enforcement tools, such as IAFIS, assist us in identifying criminal aliens in custody,” stated Acting Division Chief James Wainer.  “It is important that we continue to identify the criminal element in order to provide the appropriate law enforcement resolution.”

Sex offenders are among the criminal aliens attempting to illegally enter the U.S. every day.  Sex offenders present a constant threat to the safety of our children and our communities.  The Border Patrol maintains an unwavering commitment to stopping these and other dangerous individuals from entering the United States.   Last year the Border Patrol identified more than 40,000 illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds.