Border Patrol Agents Apprehend a Convicted Rapist in Eagle Pass

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DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested a Honduran man, convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, who attempted to re-enter the country after having been previously removed.

Jose Santos Cruz-Ciru

Thanks to the attentiveness and hard work of our agents, another dangerous sex offender has been kept from potentially doing harm to American citizens,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez.  “Our agents remain committed to the safety and well-being of our communities.”

On June 14, agents arrested Jose Santos Cruz-Ciru, 42, for entering the United States illegally.  Once at the station, records checks revealed he is a registered sex offender in Houston, stemming from a conviction of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The man was sentenced to nearly five years imprisonment for this crime and was subsequently deported.  He has used other aliases to evade law enforcement during multiple attempts to enter into the United States.

Cruz-Ciru faces prosecution for illegal re-entry into the United States – 8 USC § 1326 – which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.  To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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