Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Mos. for Returning to the United States After Being Deported
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A registered sex offender, who previously was convicted in North Carolina of taking indecent liberties with a minor child, was sentenced today in federal court to 40 months in prison to be followed by 2 years of supervised release for returning to the United States after he was ordered removed in immigration proceedings.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and M. Yvonne Evans, Field Office Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Jose Santiago Hernandez-Lopez, 36, of Gainesville, Virginia, was found guilty after a federal bench trial on March 24, 2014 for illegally re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Hernandez-Lopez first entered the United States as an immigrant on Sept. 8, 1991. While in the United States, Hernandez-Lopez was convicted in 1998 by the Superior Court of Alamance County, North Carolina for taking indecent liberties with a minor child.
Hernandez-Lopez was registered as a convicted sex offender and was placed into immigration proceedings after he finished serving his North Carolina sentence. Hernandez-Lopez was removed from the United States on Nov. 23, 1999, but he later returned without the permission of the U.S. Attorney General or the Department of Homeland Security.
This case was investigated by ICE ERO. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Jones and Catherine Ahn prosecuted the case.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.