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Previously deported sex offender arrested by U.S. Border Patrol

The registered sex offender was among a group of eight people illegally in the U.S.

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Patch on uniform of U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2018
Patch on uniform of U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2018
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Updated: December 1, 2020 - 10:02am

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U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a convicted sex offender on Friday who had previously been deported from the country.

When the agents apprehended a group of eight people in the country illegally, 36-year-old Oscar Melgoza-Barajas, a registered sex offender, was among that group.

"During processing, records checks revealed that Melgoza-Barajas had been convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 13 in August 2004 in Chicago, Illinois," according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release

"He was sentenced to six years and six months confinement and is registered as a sex offender. Records checks further revealed that he has been previously deported from the United States," the release noted.