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Convicted smuggler sentenced again after admitting he sexually abused woman

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – A Mexican national and convicted felon has been ordered to federal prison, again, after violating the terms of his supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

On Feb. 23, 2016, Jose Arrecis-Andrade, 28, was sentenced to federal prison for alien smuggling and given a three-year-term of supervised release. He was removed from the country in 2017. However, authorities found him in the United States illegally in September 2018. At that time, he was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault, illegally re-entering the country and for violating his supervise release. He pleaded guilty to the illegal re-entry charge March 1, 2019.

Today, Arrecis-Andrade admitted he committed the sexual assault, thereby violating the terms of his federal supervised release.

At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo then sentenced him to 27 months for the illegal re-entry conviction. The court also revoked his supervised release and ordered he serve an additional 24 months in prison. The sentences will run consecutively for a total 51-month-term of imprisonment. Not a U.S. citizen, he again expected to face removal proceedings following his incarceration.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Border Patrol and Laredo Police Department conducted the investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Day and David Fawcett prosecuted the case.

Updated January 22, 2020

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