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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Citizen of El Salvador Pleads Guilty to Immigration Charge

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WALTER ARNULFO GUZMAN RIVAS, 39, a citizen of El Salvador last residing in Stamford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of reentry of a removed alien.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 2005, Guzman Rivas was deported from the U.S. to El Salvador after being convicted in Texas of three counts of assault on a family member.  He illegally reentered the U.S. and, in 2006, was convicted in Kentucky of two counts of robbery in the second degree, for which he was sentenced to 10-years of incarceration.  He was again deported to El Salvador in July 2009.

In April 2018, Guzman Rivas was arrested by the Stamford Police Department and charged with sex assault, risk of injury and illegal sexual contact offenses.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for July 11, 2019, at which time Guzman Rivas faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years for illegal reentry.

The state charges against Guzman Rivas are pending.

This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

Updated April 11, 2019