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Man returns to US following molestation conviction

December 15, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A 41-year-old man removed from the United States after a child molestation conviction in Texas has pleaded guilty to returning to the country without permission.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1BI759S ) federal court records show Jose Humberto Guajardo pleaded guilty to the federal felony charge of illegal re-entry into the United States on Dec. 4 before Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. He’s scheduled for sentencing on March 3 and is facing a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

According to federal court records, Guajardo was found in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Sept. 24.

The indictment said Guajardo had served time in Texas following a July 2010 conviction for child molestation in August. He was deported in May 2012.

He’d also been convicted of a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving stemming from an 2008 arrest in Hillsboro, Texas. Border Patrol agents had taken him to the Mexican border two months after that arrest for a voluntary return.

After his latest arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Gulfport found his fingerprints in a database of previously deported persons. According to court records, Guajardo had five alias names.

Guajardo has remained jailed since his arrest.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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