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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mexican national indicted for illegal reentry, failure to register as sex offender

A federal Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Raymond Castaneda, 43, a Mexican citizen, with unlawfully re-entering the United States and failing to register as a sex offender, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. 

Castaneda, who in 1994 was convicted of Indecency with a Child in Henderson County, Texas and deported to Mexico in 2008, was found in Painesville, according to the indictment. 

Assistant United States Attorney Karrie D. Howard is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 6, 2016