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ICE deports Mexican fugitive sought for sexually assaulting a child

COLUMBUS, Ohio - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers deported a Mexican national on Thursday wanted by authorities for sexually assaulting a minor in his home country.

Jose Luis Martinez-Gonzalez, 23, was turned over to Mexican authorities at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Port of El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge. Martinez-Gonzalez is wanted in Oaxaca, Mexico, for raping a minor.

Martinez-Gonzalez entered the country illegally at an undisclosed location along the Arizona-Mexico border. He has been sought by Mexican authorities since February. Earlier this month, ICE agents with the Office of Investigations in Columbus, Ohio, apprehended Martinez-Gonzalez without incident.

An immigration judge ordered Martinez-Gonzalez removed to Mexico on Sept. 17. A week later, the Mexican attorney general's office asked ICE for assistance in returning the fugitive to Mexico. Martinez-Gonzalez, who was arrested and charged on administrative immigration charges, arrived in El Paso Del Norte Port of Entry (Stanton Bridge) in El Paso, Texas, and was turned over to Mexican authorities, Oct. 1 on a flight that originated in Columbus, Ohio.

"Through this removal we are securing our community while enabling the Mexican justice system to run its course," said Rebecca Adducci, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in Michigan and Ohio. "Whenever ICE deports these fugitives, both countries benefit."