U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a convicted sex offender earlier this week in California, according to an agency news release.
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On Monday evening, Border Patrol agents arrested Salvador Toribio-Gonzalez about 25 miles east of the Calexico, California, Port of Entry under suspicion of entering the U.S. illegally.
After running background checks, the agents discovered that the 37-year-old Mexican national had been previously convicted of sex with a minor in the state of California more than a decade ago.
Toribio-Gonzalez was sentenced in 2002 to 364 days in prison and 36 months of probation for his crime. In June 2004, he was deported to Mexico after having served his sentence.
He is being held in federal custody while pending prosecution for re-entering the country illegally after removal.
Earlier this month, Border Patrol agents in Arizona arrested Jose Geovani Flores, a Honduran national, who had been convicted of sexual assault in Travis County, Texas, in 2011. He is being held on felony immigration charges for re-entering the U.S.
Since Oct. 1, "El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed eight individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after entering the United States illegally," according to the release.