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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 14, 2018

Illegal Alien Admits Unlawfully Returning To The United States And Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

CAMDEN, N.J. – An El Salvadorian man previously convicted for sexually assaulting a child today admitted to failing to register as a sex offender after unlawfully returning to the United States and traveling to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Samuel De Jesus Corvera-Mata, 42, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to a two-count information charging him with illegal re-entry subsequent to conviction for an aggravated felony and failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

SORNA requires all sex offenders to register and keep that registration current in each jurisdiction where the sex offender resides.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Corvera-Mata admitted that he illegally re-entered the United States after being deported to El Salvador following a 10-year prison sentence in California for committing multiple lewd and lascivious acts upon a seven-year-old child. As a result of his prior offenses, Corvera-Mata was required to register as a sex offender if he ever returned to the United States. Corvera-Mata later illegally re-entered the country and travelled to New Jersey, where he was located and arrested in October 2017.

Corvera-Mata faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the illegal re-entry charge, and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the SORNA charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited officers of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), under Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris, and the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos in Newark, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Maggie Moy Esq., Camden, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
18-167
Updated May 14, 2018