November 16, 2015
By Samantha Tatro

A previously deported convicted sex offender was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Calexico port of entry Sunday, BP agents said.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Mexican citizen Jacinto Mendoza-Jimenez, was arrested approximately 18 miles east of the Calexico port of entry, agents said. Agents said they caught him illegally trying to enter the U.S.

Mendoza was convicted of statutory sodomy and child molestation in St. Louis on May 4, 2004, agents said. After serving a six year term, he was removed from the U.S.

He is currently in custody and will be presented for criminal prosecution for re-entry into the U.S. after being previously removed.

Border Patrol agents ask residents to report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-(800) 901-2003.