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ERO Boston arrests Salvadoran citizen convicted of possessing child sexual abuse material

BOSTON — On Dec. 5, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested an unlawfully present citizen of El Salvador recently convicted of possession of child sexual abuse material in Everett.

“ERO Boston will arrest convicted sex offenders, like this individual, who are not lawfully present in this country,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “ERO Boston remains committed to seeking out and removing public safety threats from our communities and our region. We will continue to enforce our immigration laws ensuring the protection of our communities. Public safety threats who are not lawfully present in the U.S. will be arrested and removed.”

The 41-year-old Salvadoran unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date and at an unknown location without being admitted or inspected by an immigration official. Local authorities arrested him in Everett in September 2021.

A judge in the Malden District Court convicted the Salvadoran national of felony child sexual abuse material possession in January 2023. Massachusetts state law requires those convicted of felony child sexual abuse material possession to register as sex offenders with the state sex offender registry.

Upon learning of his unlawful immigration status and felony criminal conviction, deportation officers with ERO Boston initiated an investigation to locate and arrest the Salvadoran national. ERO Boston apprehended him without incident.

The unlawfully present Salvadoran national will remain in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) custody pending an upcoming hearing before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. ERO Boston will seek his removal from the United States.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations and the repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crime and suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ERO Boston’s mission to preserve public safety on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROBoston.



Originally published at https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-boston-arrests-salvadoran-citizen-convicted-possessing-child-sexual-abuse

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