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December 1, 2022Baltimore, MD, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Baltimore arrests 2 sex offenders during national operation

BALTIMORE — Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ Baltimore field office – commonly called ERO Baltimore – apprehended two unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of sex offenses during a nationwide enforcement effort between Oct. 22 and Nov. 4. The law enforcement action resulted in a total of 138 arrests nationally, including people who have previously been ordered removed from the United States but failed to depart.

This enforcement operation was implemented to address unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of sex offenses. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office. Individuals listed here will remain in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.

“This operation, and operations like it, send an important message to sexual predators. ERO Baltimore will not allow these lawbreakers to use Maryland as a safe haven,” said ERO Baltimore Field Office Director Lyle Boelens. “We are dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable population against these sexual predators who seek to take advantage of their innocence. ERO Baltimore will continue to aggressively protect children by diligently pursuing sexual predators like the ones we apprehended during this operation.”

Those arrested in the ICE ERO Baltimore Field Office area of responsibility are as follows:

  • A 23-year-old citizen of Guatemala in Silver Spring, Maryland convicted of felony distribution and promotion of pornography by the Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Maryland.
  • A 20-year-old citizen of Guatemala in Windsor Mill, Maryland convicted by the Baltimore Circuit Court of felony rape in the second degree.

ICE officers make enforcement decisions on a case-by-case basis in a professional and responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement officials and in a way that best protects against the greatest threats to the homeland.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR. EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

In fiscal year 2021, ERO arrested 12,025 individuals with aggravated felony convictions. Offenses associated with noncitizens arrested in FY 2021 included 1,506 homicide related offenses, 3,415 sexual assaults, 19,549 assaults, 2,717 robberies and 1,063 kidnappings.

ICE’s ERO directorate upholds U.S. immigration law at, within and beyond our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats, such as convicted criminal noncitizens and gang members, as well as individuals who have otherwise violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who illegally reentered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. ERO deportation officers assigned to Interpol also assist in targeting and apprehending foreign fugitives or Fugitive Arrest and Removal cases who are wanted for crimes committed abroad and who are now at-large in the United States. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bond management, supervised release, as well as transportation and removal. In addition, ERO repatriates noncitizens ordered removed from the U.S. to more than 170 countries around the world.

Members of the public can report crimes and/or suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 (866-DHS-2-ICE) or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ICE’s mission to increase public safety in your community on Twitter @EROBaltimore.