A Border Patrol agent walks along newly installed concertina wire at Border Field State Park. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested a previously deported sex offender who had entered the U.S. illegally, the agency said Monday.

About 6 p.m. Saturday, agents patrolling the border near Jacumba encountered three Mexican national men illegally in the United States and arrested the group, said the USBP.

At a nearby station, record checks revealed that one of the men, 43, had been convicted in 2009 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. The man was later removed to Mexico in 2016.

The man will be held in federal custody pending prosecution for felony illegal reentry after deportation.

“The work our agents do matters, not only to communities along the border, but to every city and town in America,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “Vigilant agents prevented this dangerous individual from re-entering our communities and I am proud of their hard work.”

In fiscal 2021, which began Oct. 1, 2020, local Border Patrol agents have arrested 17 sex offenders. During fiscal year 2020, 25 sex offenders were arrested in the San Diego Sector, the agency said.

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