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2 sex offenders nabbed by Border Patrol agents

Citizen Staff

By ROMANO CEDILLOS

cedillos@tucsoncitizen.com

In separate incidents this week, border agents in southern Arizona caught two illegal immigrants who were convicted in the United States of sex crimes, border officials said yesterday.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

On Tuesday Ismael Hernandez-Gonzalez, 49, of Mexico was caught about a half-mile west of Douglas.

Hernandez was convicted in New York in 1984 on charges of sexual abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child, according to an agency news release.

He was sentenced to one year in prison.

Faustino Tierrablanca-Peña, 39, also of Mexico was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, seven miles east of Naco.

He was convicted of sexual assault in 1996 in Texas. He was sentenced to three years.

Hernandez faces prosecution for entry without inspection, while Tierrablanca faces prosecution for re-entry of an aggravated felon.

The two men are in federal custody pending removal to Mexico.

Tucson sector Border Patrol arrested 9,559 illegal immigrants with criminal records from Oct. 1, 2003, to July 31.

Of those immigrants, 143 were arrested on sex related charges.

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