Libyan Sex Offender Arrested In Denver ICE Sweep

ICE: 2,400-Plus Convicted Criminal Aliens, Fugitives Arrested In Nationwide Roundup

A 51-year-old Libyan man living in Denver was arrested in a federal nationwide roundup of more than 2,400 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives last month.

There were 29 arrests in Denver, 13 in Aurora, seven in Commerce City and 29 others across the state.

The Libyan man, who previously had been convicted of first-degree sexual assault against a child and domestic violence, was arrested as part of a crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in all 50 states.

An ICE spokesman said Tuesday he would not release the Libyan man's name, citing Department of Homeland Security privacy policies.

The operation was part of the Obama administration's effort to deport criminal aliens who threaten public and national security, ICE said in a news release.

The seven-day "Cross Check" operation, the largest of its kind, involved hundreds of federal agents and targeted immigrants -- including those who were legally and illegally in the country -- who have also broken criminal laws.

"The results of this operation underscore ICE's ongoing focus on arresting those convicted criminal aliens who prey upon our communities, and tracking down fugitives who game our nation's immigration system," said ICE Director John Morton. "This targeted enforcement operation is a direct result of excellent teamwork among law enforcement agencies who share a commitment to protect public safety."

ICE said the program makes it a priority to deport, "Those serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security."

In total, 22 percent of the individuals ICE arrested were immigration fugitives -- convicted criminal aliens with outstanding orders of deportation who had failed to leave the country, ICE said.

Those arrested include:

  • A 32-year-old man residing in Amesbury, Mass., from the Dominican Republic, who is a registered sex offender convicted of assault, battery on a household member, indecent assault, battery on a child and leaving the scene/person injured.
  • A 38-year-old man residing in Orlando, Fla., from the Philippines convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting officer with violence, reckless driving and refusal to submit to blood/urine test.
  • A 37-year-old residing in North Hills, Calif., from Mexico convicted of aggravated felony sex crime and rape of an unconscious victim. He was also identified as illegally re-entering the United States after deportation. He will be removed from the United States following his prosecution for illegal re-entry after deportation.
  • A 47-year-old man residing in Magnolia, Texas, from Mexico convicted of injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury, burglary, marijuana possession, driving while license suspended and indecency with a child by sexual contact.
  • To date, ICE said it has removed a record number of more than 109,700 criminal aliens from the United States in fiscal year 2011, including more than 585 criminal aliens convicted of homicide and more than 3,177 criminal aliens who are convicted sex offenders.

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