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Agents arrest felony sex offender again

August 5, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a felony sex offender Wednesday, August 1 for the second time this year. He was apprehended in March, and deported through Nogales last month.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., Yuma Station agents arrested Hector Gutierrez-Perez in the area of Andrade, California. Gutierrez-Perez, a 55-year-old Mexican national and the subject of a Yuma Sector news release from March, illegally entered with a 33-year old man from Honduras who will be processed for removal.

During processing, agents identified Gutierrez as having multiple felony convictions out of Bakersfield and Santa Cruz, California including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 14, obstructing a public officer, and battery on a person. Additional record checks revealed that Gutierrez was also previously convicted of possession of narcotics/controlled substance, transporting/selling of narcotics, hit and run, and driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

During interviews, Gutierrez admitted that he was attempting to travel to North Hollywood, California to live and work.

Gutierrez will be presented for prosecution and reinstatement of a previous order of removal.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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