PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Forks Township, Pa., man at Philadelphia International Airport today who is wanted on felony child sex assault charges.
CBP officers arrested Michael Pierre Boumal, a 65- year-old U.S. citizen from Forks Township after he arrived aboard a flight from Doha, Qatar shortly after 4 p.m. today. He was wanted by Forks Township Police Department on a 2012 warrant for felony criminal attempt to commit aggravated Indecent assault of a child; corruption of a minor; and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age.
CBP officers confirmed with Forks Township Police that the arrest warrant remained active. Officers then met the flight as it gated and escorted Boumal to CBP’s Federal Inspection Service area where officers verified Boumal’s identity and confirmed that he is the subject of the arrest warrant.
CBP officers turned Boumal over to Forks Township Police Department detectives who were on scene for Boumal’s arrival.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
“Customs and Border Protection officers continue to support our local law enforcement partners by identifying and arresting travelers who are wanted on a variety of criminal charges, including some travelers alleged to have committed seriously heinous acts to children,” said Joseph Martella, Area Port Director for CBP’s Area Port of Philadelphia. “Border security remains a critical mission for CBP. We help to bring dangerous fugitives to justice which helps to keep our communities safe.”
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
On a typical day last year, CBP processed more than 650,000 travelers who arrived at airports, seaports and land border crossings. CBP officers and agents arrested an average of 25 wanted criminals every day at our nation’s ports of entry. See what else CBP accomplished during a typical day in 2021.
CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.