Previously deported sex offender arrested by Tucson BP agents

Previously deported sex offender arrested by Tucson BP agents
Henry Velasquez-Lopez (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

SASABE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a previously-deported Guatemalan man Tuesday morning and later discovered he was convicted and incarcerated for crimes against a child.

Agents patrolling near Sasabe arrested 23-year-old Henry Velasquez-Lopez for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check on Velasquez, which revealed his November 2016 conviction in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree and children- accosting for immoral purposes. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

Velasquez will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

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