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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Child Sex Offender Charged with Illegally Re-Entering the United States

HOUSTON – A 50-year-old Honduran citizen has been charged in federal court for illegally re-entering the country after having been convicted and deported for multiple sex offenses in California, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Marvin Mejia Ramos aka Ricardo Morales Rodriguez and Martin Jose Romes-Ramirez was charged with illegally re-entering the United States following an aggravated felony conviction and subsequent deportation. According to court records, in 2007, he was convicted in California for continuous sexual abuse and lewd act upon a child. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment for those offenses and was deported in 2013, according to the complaint.  

As such, he is not permitted to return to the United States.

However, on Jan. 30, 2019, authorities with the Precinct 4 Montgomery County Constables Office discovered him during a traffic stop in New Caney. He was subsequently charged with illegal re-entry after deportation.

At a hearing in federal court today, Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Adam Laurence Goldman argued Mejia Ramos is both a flight risk and danger to the community. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo then ordered Mejia Ramos into custody pending further criminal proceedings.

If convicted, Mejia Ramos faces up to 20 years in federal prison.   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement Removal Operations conducted the investigation. AUSA Goldman is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Updated February 6, 2019