Montgomery County, Maryland, is in effect a sanctuary county and its residents are suffering the consequences, as evidenced by an alarming spate of sexual assaults by illegal immigrants. Most recently, a Honduran national in the U.S. illegally has been accused of raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter, the seventh such sex crime reported in the suburban county in the last five weeks.
Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, a repeat immigration violator, is facing charges of second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, and fourth-degree sex offense, according to ABC7 News. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that the man had been deported from the U.S. less than three years ago.
MORE: Per ICE, Carrasco-Hernandez is a Honduran national living in the U.S. illegally.
In April 2017, an immigration judge sent the then 35yo back to Honduras. He later re-entered the U.S. on an unknown date and by unknown means.
Carrasco-Hernandez is being held without bond. pic.twitter.com/wMitx8mtJE
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 31, 2019
Kevin Lewis, a reporter with ABC7 News in nearby Washington, D.C., has been following the epidemic of sexual assaults in the area.
STORY: The victim’s mother — who is also Carrasco-Hernandez’s wife — told me by telephone that she heard strange noises coming from the bedroom, opened the door and was shocked by what she saw.
“I shouted, ‘What’s going on here!? Tell me the truth!’”https://t.co/omjiwtzQAL
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 31, 2019
Carrasco-Hernandez, 37, is being held without bond and faces up to 56 years in state prison. In addition, he could face federal charges.
“Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted,” an ICE official told ABC7.
At least six other alleged rapes or sexual assaults at the hands of undocumented immigrants who have been arrested were reported by female victims in Montgomery County, including one who was 11 years old at the time of her repeated abuse. Others who were underage were 12, 15, and 16.
Two undocumented immigrants are accused of separately raping the 11 year old multiple times. They are both friends of the victim’s older brother. Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, were arrested and remain in jail awaiting trial. Both men are Salvadoran nationals and ICE confirmed that both are in the U.S. illegally.
In December 2016, an immigration judge issued Barrera-Navidad a “final order of removal.” It’s unclear why the Salvadoran national remained in the country.
In 2014, federal authorities removed Palacios-Amaya from the U.S. for an undisclosed reason. The 28-year-old — who ICE referred to as a “repeat immigration violator” — returned to the U.S. on an unknown date.
UPDATE: According to ICE, both suspects in this child rape case are living in the U.S. illegally.
Palacios-Amaya was removed from the U.S. in 2014 and re-entered on an unknown date.
Barrera-Navidad received a “final order of removal” in 2016.
Both men are Salvadoran nationals. pic.twitter.com/PUol1RV5nw
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 13, 2019
In still another case, Salvadoran national Nestor Lopez-Guzman molested a 12-year-old girl and her younger brother …
MORE: According to detectives, Lopez-Guzman confessed to touching the elementary school-age boy’s genitals, claiming it was a “cultural joke” that’s “common in El Salvador.”
Lopez-Guzman said it’s a way for men to poke fun at one another.
The 21yo is out on bond awaiting trial. pic.twitter.com/Xvg4l0dkCK
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 29, 2019
During a press conference on Tuesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) indicated he is having second thoughts about an executive order he signed into law last month specifying the county as a sanctuary jurisdiction, indicating he might amend portions, according to ABC7.
“Among a bevy of pro-immigrant policies, Elrich’s executive order banned ICE agents from entering secure portions of the county jail to apprehend wanted undocumented immigrants,” the station reported.
No additional details or plans have come out since then.
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