Border agents arrest sex offender ordered never to return to U.S.

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Mario Aristides Rivas-Marquez, 43, a Salvadorian national and felon who had been previously deported. (Courtesy U.S. Border Patrol)

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) ⁠— Border Patrol agents from the El Paso Sector arrested a convicted sex offender who was granted a 48-year suspended sentence under the condition that he never return to the United States.

On Sept. 6, agents from the Ysleta station spotted two vehicles trying to circumvent a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 62/180 in Desert Haven, Texas. The drivers led agents on a brief chase before stopping. Agents said seven people tried to run away but were eventually caught.

Among those arrested was 43-year-old Mario Aristides Rivas-Marquez, a Salvadoran national and felon previously deported. He was charged with several sex crimes involving a victim younger than 13, and he was convicted for five counts of indecency.

Rivas-Marquez was sentenced to 50 years in prison but was granted a 48-year suspended sentence. He now faces a count of illegal re-entry among other charges.

In a statement, interim sector Chief Gloria Chavez said agents at immigration checkpoints are making a difference in keeping our communities safe.

“On a regular basis, our skilled agents make arrests of illegal aliens with criminal records in the United States,” Chavez said. “In this case, a violent child predator was apprehended by Border Patrol agents before he could commit further acts against innocent children again.”

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