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02/20/2008

ICE, Virginia Attorney General announce arrests of 171 criminal alien sex offenders in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. - U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell and the Virginia State Police today announced a major law enforcement action to remove 171 convicted criminal alien sex offenders from Virginia. ICE called this "Operation Cold Play," and said it was a component of "Operation Predator,” which is a multi-year effort targeted at sex offenders nationwide. Today's announcement concludes Phase I of this ongoing operation.

In 2006, Attorney General Bob McDonnell worked with the Virginia General Assembly on numerous improvements to Virginia's Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. In July 2007, the Attorney General requested that the Virginia State Police check the birthplace of each individual on the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, and share this information with ICE. The Virginia State Police turned the names over to ICE in July 2007.

ICE agents ran the list against two different federal databases. The process led to the following findings and action:

  • 84 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders on the list had already left the country or been deported
  • 135 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders were incarcerated in the Commonwealth of Virginia (state and local facilities) and are now being processed for removal from the U.S. upon completion of their incarceration
  • 36 Convicted criminal alien sex offenders have been recently taken into federal custody through a joint action involving ICE and Virginia State Police and have been put into removal proceedings.

"Operation Cold Play is a joint effort between the Commonwealth of Virginia and ICE. This kind of team work among law enforcement agencies ensures a successful outcome,” said Vincent Archibeque, Acting Field Office Director for ICE Detention and Removal. “Aliens who commit crimes like this in our communities will not get another chance to victimize our citizens. We will continue to work toward our shared goal of removing these predators from our communities."

Attorney General Bob McDonnell noted, “This is a milestone in our effort to remove criminal illegal aliens from the Commonwealth. Using the data from our improved Sex Offender Registry, and the additional manpower of the troopers assigned to the new State Police Sex Offender Investigative Unit, we were able to get specific information to ICE and remove dangerous criminal alien sex offenders from Virginia. We have the resources in place to make significant progress in removing criminal aliens from our Commonwealth. Public safety demands that we utilize these resources."

"Since the establishment of the Sex Offender Investigative Unit in 2007 and with the assistance of Virginia Probation and Parole, the Virginia State Police have made significant progress in the maintenance and enforcement of Virginia's Sex Offender Registry,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Working with ICE is one more partnership the state police utilizes to enhance the safety of our communities throughout Virginia."

ICE will continue its efforts in Phase II of this initiative.

Nationalities, Localities and Offenses of Recently Detained Criminal Aliens

* Due to Federal Privacy Act Provisions, names cannot be provided


NationalityLocalityCriminal Offense

Bolivia

Alexandria, VA

Sexual Battery

Ethiopia

Alexandria, VA

Rape; Failure to Register

India

Alexandria, VA

Use of Communications System to Contact a Minor

Peru

Alexandria, VA

Attempted Aggravated Sexual Battery

El Salvador

Alexandria, VA

Indecent Exposure;
Indecent Exposure;
Indecent Exposure

Honduras

Alexandria, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

El Salvador

Alexandria, VA

Carnal Knowledge of Child 13-15

Argentina

Arlington, VA

Rape

Laos

Beaverdam, VA

Rape; Assault

Mexico

Blacksburg, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

El Salvador

Burke, VA

Aggravated Sexual Battery

Iran

Burke, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

Cuba

Chester, VA

Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian

Honduras

Clifton Forge, VA

Sexual Battery

Honduras

Culpeper, VA

Carnal Knowledge of Child 13-15;
Failure to Register

Mexico

Dumfries, VA

Lewd/Lascivious Acts with Child under 14

Peru

Fairfax, VA

Lewd/Lascivious Acts with Child;
Failure to Register

Mexico

Front Royal, VA

Communicate with Minor for Immoral Purposes

Thailand

Harrisonburg, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

Scotland

Lorton, VA

Sexual Battery

Germany

Manassas, VA

Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian;
Aggravated Sexual Battery

El Salvador

Manassas, VA

Aggravated Sexual Battery

Guatemala

Manassas, VA

Carnal Knowledge of Child 13 to 15 years old

El Salvador

Manassas, VA

Carnal Knowledge of Child 13 to 15 years old

India

Norfolk, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

Mexico

Purceville, VA

Taking Indecent Liberties with Children

El Salvador

Richmond, VA

Aggravated Sexual Battery

Cambodia

Richmond, VA

Aggravated Sexual Battery;
Aggravated Sexual Battery;
Failure to Register

Jamaica

Spotsylvania, VA

Sexual Battery

Haiti

Stafford, VA

Use of Communications to Contact a Minor

El Salvador

Sterling, VA

Sexual Battery

Honduras  

Waynesboro, VA

Rape

Turkey

Williamsburg, VA

Use of Communication System to Contact a Minor;
Attempted Indecent
Liberties with Children

Guatemala

Woodbridge, VA

Indecent Liberties with Child by Custodian

Philippines

Woodbridge, VA

Sexual Abuse

Egypt

Woodbridge, VA

Aggravated Sexual Battery