MOBILE, Ala. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention and removal officers arrested yesterday a Vietnamese national convicted of sexual abuse, forgery and misdemeanor battery.
Hung Hoang Nguyen, 50, was arrested as a result of a Joint Criminal Alien Removal Task Force (JCART) operation targeting sexual predators.
On April 30, 1979, Nguyen was convicted in Sebastian County, Ark., for first degree carnal abuse and received a sentence of five days in prison followed by three years in probation. On July 21, 1983, Nguyen was convicted in Benton County, Ark., for second degree forgery and received a sentence of three years probation. On May 6, 1992, Nguyen was convicted in Brevard County, Fla., for misdemeanor first degree battery and received a sentence of 20 days with a 10-day suspension.
Nguyen is currently in ICE custody and will appear before an immigration judge who will ultimately decide if he should remain or be removed from the United States.
"ICE will continue using its unique immigration authorities to identify and arrest those who present a threat to our community," said Philip Miller, Field Office Director for ICE's Office of Detention and Removal in New Orleans. "Criminals in Alabama should be on notice, because we will find you and bring you to justice."
The arrest of Nguyen was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com