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Newport Man Charged with Illegal Re-entry Into United States and Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Guatemalan national, deported after his 2014 conviction in 2014 in Rhode Island state court on charges of second degree sexual assault, a conviction that required him to register as a sex offender, has been charged in federal court with illegally re-entering the United States after deportation and failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Zachary Cunha.

According to charging documents, after being deported following his 2014 conviction, it is alleged that Nelson Yocute, 34, returned to the United States illegally, and had been living and working in Newport for the last nine years. It is also alleged that Yocute failed to comply with his obligation to register as a sex offender, as mandated by his 2014 state court sentence.

Mr. Yocute made an initial appearance in US district court on May 14th, 2024, and was ordered detained in federal custody. A federal criminal complaint is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise M. Barton.

The matter was investigated by the Newport Police Department, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Marshals Service.



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Updated May 17, 2024