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March 17, 2017Washington, DC, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes man wanted in El Salvador on child molestation charges

WASHINGTON – A previously removed El Salvadoran man wanted in his home country for aggravated violation of a child was removed from the United States Friday by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

ERO’s Washington, D.C.-based Fugitive Operations Team arrested Henry Parada-Orellana, 26, Sept. 1, 2015, at the 6000 block of Springfield Mall Drive in Springfield, Virginia. Upon his arrest, ERO deportation officers charged Parada-Orellana with felony re-entry charges since he was a previously removed alien. ERO officers previously removed Parada-Orellana to El Salvador in February 2009 and April 2013. He was sentenced to 77 days in federal prison in November 2015, and upon his release, was transferred back to ICE custody. Prior to his removal, he was detained at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In addition to the felony conviction, Parada-Orellana also has convictions for misdemeanor crimes he committed while in the United States.

“Our deportation officers dutifully uphold U.S. immigration laws. They ensure those who pose threats to the safety of our communities, especially our children, do not remain in our country,” said Yvonne Evans, field office director for ERO Washington, D.C. “Alleged sex offenders cannot use the United States as a safe haven.”

ERO deportation officers removed Parada-Orellana from the United States onboard an ICE Air Operations charter flight. He arrived at San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador Friday. There, ERO deportation officers transferred Parada-Orellana to the custody of El Salvadoran law enforcement officials.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.