Nearly two dozen alleged sexual predators are off the streets after being busted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations on Long Island.
Twenty-three immigrants and alleged sexual offenders with previous criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to rape were busted during “Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Alien Removal),” on Saturday, Nov. 2.
According to ICE, each of the 23 suspects are currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings, criminal prosecution, or removal from the United States.
- In Wheatley Heights, a 37-year-old previously removed Honduran national and registered sexual offender with a prior conviction of sexual misconduct: person has intercourse with another without consent. The victim was a 15-year-old child;
- In Uniondale, a 52-year-old Jamaican national with a prior federal conviction for receiving material Involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, for which a sentence of 120 months imprisonment was imposed;
- In Manorville, a 43-year-old Honduran national with a prior conviction for rape 3rd: victim incapable of consent, for which a sentence of 10 years of probation supervision was imposed;
- In Port Washington, a 21-year-old Guatemalan national who recently pleaded guilty to Attempted Forcible Touching;
- In Brooklyn, a 41-year-old previously removed Salvadoran national with a prior convictions for sexual conduct against a child, for which a sentence of four years imprisonment was imposed, for forcible touching, and act in manner injure a child, for which a sentence of one year in prison was imposed, and for failure to register as a sexual offender, for which a sentence of one year in prison was imposed;
- In Manhattan, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, released from NYPD custody three separate times in 2019 with an active detainer, who has multiple pending charges of forcible touching: subject victim to sexual contact on bus/train/subway, forcible touching: touch sexual/intimate parts of another person, harassment: physical contact, and sexual abuse: subject another person to sexual contact without consent. All of the crimes were committed in the transit system;
- In Mineola, a 48-year-old Portuguese national with a prior conviction of act in manner to injure a child;
- In Hicksville, a 46-year-old Pakistani national with a prior conviction of criminal sexual act 3rd: victim less than 17 years old;
- In Roosevelt, a 28-year-old Filipino national with a prior conviction for endangering the welfare of child;
- In Huntington Station, a 34-year-old Salvadoran national with a prior conviction of act in manner to injure a child: victim less than 17 years old, for which a sentence of three years of probation supervision was imposed;
- In Rocky Point, a 41-year-old Canadian national with a prior conviction of act in manner to injure a child: victim less than 17 years old, for which a sentence of three years of probation supervision was imposed;
- In Brooklyn, a 23-year-old Dominican national previously convicted of rape 2nd: intercourse with person less than 15 years old, and act in manner injure child: victim less than 17 years old;
- In Uniondale, a 53-year-old previously removed Honduran national with a prior conviction of sexual misconduct, for which a sentence of six years of probation supervision was imposed.
Those arrested have criminal histories that include:
- acting in manner injure child,
- aggravated DWI,
- aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle,
- attempted forcible touching,
- attempted petit larceny,
- attempted sexual misconduct,
- criminal contempt, criminal mischief,
- criminal obstruction of breathing,
- criminal possession of stolen property,
- criminal sexual act, disorderly conduct,
- endangering the welfare of a child,
- false impersonation, harassment, '
- petit larceny,
- possession of a forged instrument,
- receiving material Involving the sexual exploitation of a minor,
- sexual abuse,
- and sexual misconduct.
ERO deportation officers made arrests throughout Long Island, specifically in Nassau County: Mineola, Port Washington, Roosevelt, Uniondale; and in Suffolk County: Brentwood, Central Islip, Copiague, Huntington Station, Manorville, Riverhead, Rocky Point, Wheatley Heights, and Wyandanch. Additionally.
Two arrests were made in Brooklyn, and one each in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.
The arrestees include nationals from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Portugal.
Five of the arrested suspects will face federal criminal prosecutions for illegal entry and illegal reentry after removal. They will face up to 20 years in prison. Those not being federally prosecuted will be detained in ICE custody and processed for removal from the country. Others will face immediate deportation.
“When we talk about the safety of our communities, it should not be politics, it should be common sense," Thomas Decker, field office director for ERO New York, said. "We arrested nearly two dozen convicted sex offenders this past week, including many who conducted heinous acts against children, and could have been turned over to ICE instead of released back into our neighborhoods.
“The rule of law should not be blatantly disregarded by the people elected and paid to serve the public because of their political view, especially if it means we allow those who sexually violated children, and those who have no legal status, to remain in the country.”
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