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Previously deported sex offender arrested near Otay Mesa Port of Entry

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Posted at 8:17 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 11:17:26-05

OTAY MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — Border Patrol agents say they arrested a convicted sex offender this week who had been previously deported from the country.

Agents located the man at about 6 a.m. on Monday near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The man, a 43-year-old Mexican national, was arrested, identified, and fingerprinted for a records check, which showed that he had been convicted of sexual assault of a child in 2009 in Colorado and sentenced to four years to life in prison.

The man was also convicted of sex assault of a child in 2010.

CBP said he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in January 2020, and removed from the country the next month.

He is currently being held in federal custody and facing charges for illegal re-entry after deportation, CBP says.

"Our agents are to be commended for apprehending and arresting this convicted child predator," said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. "Their vigilance prevented this dangerous man from entering our communities."

Since Oct. 1, 2020, Border Patrol agents in San Diego County have arrested 14 sex offenders, according to CBP.