TUCSON, Ariz. — Border Patrol officials say a Mexican man arrested for illegally entering the United States has a criminal history.
They say records show 42-year-old Fernando Lopez-Delacruz was convicted for multiple aggravated felonies in the state of Washington, including rape of a child.
While processing Lopez-Delacruz at the Nogales Station on Tuesday, Border Patrol agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted in Washington’s Adams County of first-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape of a child.
Lopez-Delacruz was sentenced to 71 months in prison.
He’s now being held in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.
Federal authorities say all individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.