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February 7, 2019Houston, TX, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

Honduran child sex offender charged in Houston with illegally re-entering US

HOUSTON — An illegal alien from Honduras, who had been convicted of multiple child sex offenses in 2007, was charged Wednesday with illegally re-entering the United States after he was deported in 2013.

This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) Violent Criminal Alien Section (VCAS) in Houston, Texas. ERO Houston VCAS works with federal prosecutors to pursue criminal convictions and subsequent removal orders for violent criminal aliens.

Marvin Yovani Mejia-Ramos – aka Martin Jose Romos-Ramirez, aka Ricardo Rodriguez-Morales – 50, an illegal alien from Honduras who has used multiple aliases and countries of origin, was charged Feb. 6 with illegal re-entry by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo ordered Mejia-Ramos to remain in federal custody pending further criminal proceedings. If convicted, Mejia-Ramos faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Mejia-Ramos was arrested on Jan. 30, 2019, when authorities from the Montgomery County (Texas) Constable’s Office (Precinct 4) discovered his identity during a routine traffic stop in New Caney, Texas.

In 2007, Mejia-Ramos was convicted in California of continuous sexual abuse and lewd act upon a child. He was sentenced to six years in prison; he was removed to Honduras following his release from prison in 2013. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Laurence Goldman, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.