• June 13, 2024

ICE Apprehends Suspected Child Abuser Illegal Alien Set Free by Virginia County

On January 4, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities apprehended a criminal illegal immigrant who had been released by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia despite facing charges of sexually assaulting a minor and producing child sexual abuse material. The arrest had originally taken place in July, with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office charging the individual with carnal knowledge of a child aged 13 to 14 without force, possession of child sexual abuse material, and producing child sexual abuse material.

Following the arrest, the Pacific Enforcement Response Center promptly lodged an immigration detainer against the suspect at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, which, unfortunately, did not comply with the detainer. Subsequently, the noncitizen was released without notifying ICE.

Expressing concern over the failure to honor the ICE detainer, acting Deputy ICE Field Office Director Erik Weiss stated, “When ICE detainers are ignored by local authorities, the public is put at risk; unfortunately, this time the result was the unnecessary injury of a federal law enforcement officer while prosecuting the arrest of a noncitizen charged with sexually abusing a Virginia minor and producing child sexual abuse material.”

During the recent arrest, the Honduran national assaulted a deportation officer, adding another layer of concern to the case.

The individual in question, a 21-year-old Honduran national, had entered the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor and was initially apprehended by Border Patrol agents. Released into the country in January 2020 with a future court date assigned by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), he was subsequently released to his father in Alexandria, Virginia, the following month.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, responsible for releasing the inmate without complying with the ICE detainer, did not respond immediately to requests for comment. It is noteworthy that the sheriff’s office, according to a 2018 memo, does not hold inmates beyond their release date unless an ICE administrative request is accompanied by a court-issued criminal detainer. This incident raises concerns about the potential risks posed to public safety when immigration detainers are not honored, emphasizing the need for coordination between local and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Daily Allegiant