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December 1, 2023New York City, NY, United StatesEnforcement and Removal, Child Exploitation

ERO New York City arrests citizen of Dominican Republic convicted of sexual abuse of a minor

NEW YORK - On Dec. 1, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City announced the arrest of a Dominican national convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree of a victim less than 13 where the defendant is 21 or older.

ERO New York City’s Fugitive Operations apprehended the 57-year-old child predator without incident pursuant to a warrant of arrest outside of a residence in the Bronx. He was served with a notice to appear and will remain in custody without bond pending removal proceedings.

“This noncitizen received permission to live in the United States and depravedly used that opportunity to sexually exploit an innocent 12-year-old girl,” said ERO New York City Field Office Director Kenneth Genalo. “Let this arrest serve notice that ERO New York City will not tolerate those who violate children. We will pursue these vile criminals and seek their removal from the United States.”

The Dominican national entered the United States on July 17, 2005, in New York as a lawful permanent resident.

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). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice and is separate from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (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.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

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

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