A Border Patrol agent is positioned by the border fence.
A Border Patrol agent is positioned by the border fence. Photo by Chris Stone

The Border Patrol reported it is on track to arrest a record number border crossers convicted of prior sex offenses during this fiscal year in the San Diego Sector.

Since the federal fiscal year began on Oct. 1, agents in the San Diego Sector have arrested 25 sex offenders — the same number as in the entire previous year.

The latest arrest was on Wednesday in the Otay Mountain Wilderness area when agents appreheaded a 24-year-old man who had served four years in prison in Nevada for sex with a teenager.

The man had been deported to Mexico after completing his term. He now faces felony charges for illegal re-entry.

“I commend our agents for their steadfast protection of America,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Apprehending predators like these makes our communities safer.”

Administrators in the San Diego Sector began tracking the annual apprehension of sex offenders in the 2019 fiscal year.

The sector covers 60 miles of border with Mexico as well as 114 miles along California’s Pacific coast.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.