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Guatemalan indicted for illegally reentering the U.S.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Arelio Martinez-Perez, 37, of Guatemala, for re-entering the United States illegally after being deported, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.


Martinez-Perez has been deported on two previous occasions. He was last deported to Guatemala in February 2015. Martinez-Perez later reentered the country and was recently found in New Philadelphia, Ohio, according to the indictment.


Assistant United States Attorney Elliot D. Morrison is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.


If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.


An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated June 24, 2017