(KGTV) -- A previously deported sex offender was arrested Sunday night after entering the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The department says an agent patrolling the mountains near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry saw two men trying to conceal themselves in thick brush around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.
“The agent questioned the men about their immigration status and both men admitted to being illegally present in the U.S.,” CBP officials said.
Both men were placed under arrest and taken to a nearby station for processing. At the station, agents discovered that one of the men, a 35-year-old from El Salvador, was convicted in 2009 for aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 in Virginia. The agent questioned the men about their immigration status and both men admitted to being illegally present in the U.S.
The agency says the El Salvadorian man had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2009 conviction before he was taken back to El Salvador in 2014 after having a portion of his sentence suspended.
“The El Salvadorian man will be held in federal custody pending prosecution for felony illegal reentry after deportation. The second man was expelled back to Mexico," according to CBP officials.