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February 26, 2024Denver, CO, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE arrests 19 noncitizens with sex offense convictions as part of nationwide law enforcement effort

DENVER — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers apprehended 25 unlawfully present noncitizen sex offenders throughout Colorado as part of a nationwide law enforcement effort that netted 275 noncitizens that ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16.

“This operation was successful in that it showed those who defy our laws and victimize others won’t be tolerated in our community,” said acting Field Office Director Arthur J. Wilson Jr. “I applaud our officers’ efforts that enforced our nation’s immigration laws across the state.”

Today’s announcement follows a nationwide enforcement effort in January during which 275 individuals presenting a threat to public safety were arrested. By using an intelligence-driven enforcement model, ERO makes efficient use of limited resources to promote public safety in communities across the United States.

Those arrested include:

  • A 37-year-old citizen of Mexico in Glenwood Springs who was convicted of attempted sex assault of a child and sexual contact/no consent.
  • A 25-year-old citizen of Mexico in Denver who was convicted of felony child prostitution and soliciting.
  • A 64 year-old citizen of the United Kingdom in Greeley who was convicted of felony obscenity promotion to minor and sex assault of a child.
  • A 29-year-old citizen of Guatemala in Littleton who was convicted of second degree felony sexual conduct with a victim under 16 years of age.
  • A 49-year-old citizen of Mexico in Aurora who was convicted of felony sexual battery.
  • A 47-year-old citizen of Mexico in Denver who was convicted of felony assault 2/drugging a victim.

ICE focuses on the arrests of noncitizens who have committed crimes and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws. ICE officers, with their extensive experience and training, use their inherent discretion as law enforcement officials to focus enforcement resources on those who pose a threat to national security, public safety or border security. These efforts include noncitizens with final orders of removal. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office.

In fiscal year 2023, ERO arrested 73,822 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 290,178 associated charges and convictions with an average of four per individual. These included 33,209 assaults; 4,390 sex and sexual assaults; 7,520 weapons offenses; 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide; and 1,655 kidnapping offenses.

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 X, formerly known as Twitter, at @ERODenver.