December 7th, 2007 05:08 EST
ICE arrests 22 sex offenders in New York City
NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the New York City Department of Probation today announced the arrests of 22 child predators and criminal alien sex offenders in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. Today`s initiative is a part of the on-going Operation Predator initiative and a national priority for ICE.
All of"those arrested today were on probation in New York City for prior felony or misdemeanor convictions for sex crimes including rape, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, endangering the welfare of a child, sodomy and promoting prostitution. The youngest victim was a six year old girl and one of the victims was a 15 year old boy.
Those arrested today include:
- A citizen of Italy was arrested by the New York City Police Department and charged with sexual misconduct, criminal sexual act, sex abuse & endangering the welfare of a child. He was convicted of criminal sexual act and sentenced to six months imprisonment and 10 years probation. The victim was a fifteen year old boy.
- A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago was arrested by the New York City Police Department and charged with rape, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. He was convicted of rape. He was sentenced to 10 years probation. The victim was his 13 year old female neighbor.
- A citizen of Ecuador was arrested by the New York City Police Department and charged with rape, criminal sex act & endangering the welfare of a child. He was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years probation. The victim was a twelve year old girl.
"ICE is committed to insuring the public safety of our communities and we will not tolerate the actions of sexual predators and those who threaten the welfare of our children," said New York ICE Acting Special Agent in Charge Salvatore Dalessandro. "If you are preying on our children, we are going to find you; and if you are not a U.S. citizen, we will deport you. We will continue to partner with New York City Probation and other law enforcement agencies to this end."
NYC Probation Commissioner Martin F. Horn said, "In our view, the sex offenders turned over to ICE today do not deserve to remain in this country. The taxpayers should not be asked to pay for the supervision of people who come here from other countries and commit appalling crimes. When they are deported, New York City will be a safer place for everyone. We welcome the opportunity to work once again with ICE in this important endeavor."
Today`s arrests included citizens of the following countries: Burma, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Poland and Trinidad. Non-citizen sex offenders are subject to administrative removal from the U.S. by ICE. Eleven of the aliens were in the country illegally and 11were legal permanent residents. ICE agents transported the aliens to an ICE detention facility where they will be detained and placed into removal proceedings. All will have the opportunity to have their cases heard before an Immigration Judge.
ICE`s Operation Predator protects children by investigating and presenting for prosecution pedophiles, Internet predators, human traffickers, international sex tourists and other predatory criminals. Since Operation Predator was launched in July, 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 10,000 child predators and sex offenders nationwide. Since July, 2003, there have been more than 700 child predator and sex offender arrests in the New York area.
ICE has a toll-free number for the public to provide leads to its enforcement team on any violations, including tips about child po*nography, child sex offenders and others preying on children. The toll-free number (1-866-DHS-2ICE) is monitored 24 hours a day by officers at the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center. For more information on Operation Predator, please visit the ICE website at www.ice.gov.