Deported Honduran Charged with Re-entering U.S. Illegally
PITTSBURGH - An alien found in Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment named Pastor Gomez-Perez, 32, of Honduras, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Pastor Gomez-Perez, an alien, was formally removed from the United States by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 28, 2009. Pastor Gomez-Perez was found to be illegally present in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 20, 2013.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Custom Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.