PHILADELPHIA — A Peruvian man, wanted for indecent sexual acts against a minor in his home country, was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and turned over to law enforcement officials in Peru.
Aldo Contreras-Liberati, 46, left the country via an ICE Air Operations flight, departing from Louisiana.
Contreras-Liberati attempted to enter the country in February 2012 at Champlain, New York, using a fraudulent passport, for which he was federally charged with aggravated identity theft. In September 2012, he was convicted of the charge and sentenced to 24 months in prison.
Contreras-Liberati was later transferred to Moshannon Valley Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania to serve his criminal sentence. ERO officers encountered him there in November 2012. He was served an order of expedited removal and taken into ERO custody Jan. 27.
"Contreras-Liberati thought he could escape justice in Peru, but he was mistaken," said Thomas Decker, field office director of ERO Philadelphia. "Criminals like Contreras-Liberati, who believe they can come to this country and abuse our immigration system, will be removed from the United States."
ERO officers turned Contreras-Liberati over to Peruvian law enforcement authorities June 20, upon his arrival at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru. He will now face charges there for indecent sexual acts against a minor.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE's Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.