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Honduran national who pled guilty to sexually abusing a child found guilty of illegally reentering the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Honduran national today of illegally reentering the United States.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Sergio Alberto-Rodriguez, 38, was removed from the United States on Nov. 5, 2008. On June 24, 2020, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) learned that Alberto-Rodriguez was incarcerated at the Arlington County Adult Detention Center after his arrest for aggravated sexual battery of a 10-year-old family member. Alberto-Rodriguez pled guilty to that charge on Feb. 7 in the Circuit Court of Arlington County and was taken into federal custody on Feb. 20. The jury found that Alberto-Rodriguez had reentered the United States illegally.

Alberto-Rodriguez faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison, $250,000 fine, and 1 year of supervised release when sentenced on Sept. 11. He also may be deported or removed thereafter. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Liana Castano, Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. accepted the verdict.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ariana Lazzaroni and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alessandra Serano are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:24-cr-56.


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Updated May 22, 2024