NEWARK, N.J. – A British citizen, wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom, was deported Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Andrew Peter Ferris, 39, was wanted by British authorities for failing to serve a 21-month prison term for sex crimes committed in the U.K.
Ferris fled to the United States on Nov. 15, 2013, and was admitted as a tourist in New York. During this period, he failed to appear for a previously scheduled court appearance in Swindon, England.
In 2014, British authorities convicted Ferris, in absentia, on eight counts of voyeurism and sentenced him to 21 months in prison.
Ferris was arrested by ERO Newark Nov. 20, 2015, outside of a residence in Cortlandt, New York, and processed for removal under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program, for having remained in the United States beyond the authorized period.
Ferris was returned to the United Kingdom under ICE escort and turned over Tuesday to authorities in London.
ERO coordinates the removal of criminals, foreign fugitives and others ordered deported. ICE is focused on smart and effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes its resources based on those who pose the biggest threat to national security, border security and public safety. ICE’s civil enforcement efforts are based on priorities set by the Secretary of Homeland Security in November 2014.