El Salvadoran Who Returned to the U.S. for the 2nd Time after Being Deported Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison

Previously Convicted in the Sexual Assault of a Minor Girl

May 31, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Dagoberto Tiznado, a/k/a Dagoberto Soriano-Tiznado and Walter Soriano, age 33, a native of El Salvador, residing in Columbia, Maryland, yesterday to 50 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported as the result of a felony conviction.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Field Office Director Calvin McCormick of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

“This sentencing of a convicted child sex offender who is also an egregious repeat immigration law violator demonstrates ICE’s commitment to prioritizing immigration enforcement resources to target criminal aliens and those who put public safety at risk,” said Calvin McCormick, ICE ERO field office director in Baltimore.

According to Tiznado’s guilty plea, in August 1997, Tiznado was convicted of a sexual offense in Montgomery County Circuit Court based on the sexual assault of a 12 year old girl and was deported from the United States. in April 1998. Sometime between 1998 and 2002, Tiznado returned to the United States and in February 2002, was arrested in Ellicott City, Maryland. On October 11, 2002, Tiznado was convicted in U.S. District Court for illegal re-entry and was sentenced to 46 months in prison. On May 1, 2003, Tiznado wrote a letter to Judge Blake, who also sentenced him in that case, indicating that he did not intend to remain in or ever return to the United States after the conclusion of his sentence. In August 2005, Tiznado was again deported to El Salvador.

Between August 2005, and September 2011, Tiznado again returned to the United States and on September 10, 2011, was pulled over for drunk driving in Ellicott City, Maryland. He had no license and could not provide the registration for the vehicle he was driving. Tiznado failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test and was arrested. Tiznado was subsequently taken into custody by ERO officers after fingerprint evidence confirmed that he was the same individual who had previously been deported on two occasions.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ERO Baltimore for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Duey, of the U.S. Justice Department, Criminal Division, who prosecuted the case.

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