Jose Adrian Sanchez-Martinez, 37, was convicted of child rape in the state of Washington and was previously deported to Mexico

By Monica Garske

Updated at 9:00 AM PDT on Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Southern California arrested a convicted sex offender Thursday as he tried to illegally enter the United States near the Calexico port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said Jose Adrian Sanchez-Martinez, 37, a citizen of Mexico, was taken into custody about 18 miles east of the Calexico border crossing, approximately 120 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Officials said records revealed Sanchez-Martinez is a convicted sex offender, convicted of child rape in the state of Washington. He had been previously deported to Mexico and served a 17-month prison term in August 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender, the CBP said.

Sanchez-Martinez is in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol and will be charged with re-entry after being previously deported, officials said.

The CBP urges the public to report any suspicious persons or activity at the U.S.-Mexico border to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.