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November 17, 2022Denver, CO, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Denver apprehends 2 in operation targeting noncitizen sex offenders

DENVER — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Denver apprehended two unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of sex offenses, including those with executable final orders of removal, during a nationwide enforcement effort from Oct. 22 through Nov. 4.

“Sexually violent predators, especially those who hurt children, have no place in our community,” said acting Field Office Director Jesus M. Rocha. “We will continue to target unlawfully present noncitizens with egregious criminal convictions for removal from the U.S. in an effort to keep communities safe.”

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.

Those arrested include:

  • A 58-year-old citizen of Mexico in Holyoke, Colorado convicted in July 2018 of two counts of misdemeanor sexual contact-victim who was helpless by the Weld County District Court in Greeley, Colorado. The court ordered the noncitizen to register as a sex offender and they will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 30-year-old citizen of Mexico in Fort Collins, Colorado convicted in January 2022 of felony child abuse negligently causing significant bodily injury by the Larimer County District Court in Fort Collins, Colorado. The court ordered the noncitizen to register as a sex offender and they will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

ICE officers make case decisions in a responsible manner, informed by their experience as law enforcement professionals 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. 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 federal immigration judges make.

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.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

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

Updated: 11/18/2022