Border Patrol: El Salvadoran sex offender picked up
Feb 13, 2006, 06:44 PM EST Email to a Friend Printer Friendly Version

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - Border Patrol officers have arrested a registered sex offender from El Salvador who they say was trying to cross into the United States in southern New Mexico.

35 year-old Francisco Estanislaos-Mendoza was one of five people apprehended Saturday 15 miles west of Columbus during a routine patrol.

Mendoza had been deported from the United States in 1998. He's now being held in Luna County pending federal prosecution for re-entering the country.

The Border Patrol says Mendoza has eight previous arrests in California for charges ranging from rape to drug possession dating back to 1987.

Records show he was convicted in 1991 for burglary, in 1992 for assault to commit rape and 1997 for battery.