Border Patrol Arrested Four More Sex Offenders

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Central America are detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, in Dona Ana County

EDINBURG, Texas –Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents arrested four sex offenders.  

On Jan. 7, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station agents arrested Edgar Antonio Barajas-Granados, a registered sex offender, in Roma, Texas. Barajas-Granados was arrested in Corpus Christi, Texas, for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. Later that year, the 20-year-old was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 300 community service hours and 10 years’ probation. The Mexican national has a lengthy criminal record and has been previously removed from the United States.

On the evening of Jan. 9, a Guatemalan national was identified as a convicted sex offender during processing at the Brownsville Border Patrol Station. The previously removed 35-year-old migrant was arrested in 2012 in Red Wood City, California, for sex with a minor under the age of 16 while being over 21 years old. He was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 480 days’ confinement and eight months’ probation.

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At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Jan. 8, criminal records checks revealed a Mexican national as a sexual offender. The migrant illegally entered the United States through Mission, Texas, along with nine other single adult migrants who attempted to avoid detection. The 36-year-old used a different alias for each arrest and had several listed in his record. In 2016, he was arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 13-15 years of age in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was convicted of the third-degree felony and sentenced to 36 months’ confinement and removed from the United States thereafter.

On Jan. 9, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents apprehended a group of eight single adult migrants in Progreso, Texas. At a Border Patrol processing facility, agents identified a sex offender through criminal records checks. In 1997, the Mexican national was arrested by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and charged with forcible sexual abuse. Ultimately, he was convicted of morals-decency crimes and gross lewdness. He was sentenced to one year confinement.

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All subjects were processed accordingly.

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