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Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Immigration and SORNA violations

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

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 57-year-old Guatemalan national has admitted to two federal felonies after sexual assault conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  

On or about July 19, 2002, Jose Paxtor-Chiroy was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a five-year-old child in Harris County. Following his state prison sentence, federal authorities ordered he be deported from the United States and to not return. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

He had previously faced removal proceedings on two other occasions.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2018, authorities located Paxtor-Chiroy walking through a ranch near Sarita. He was attempting to avoid the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint. At the time of his arrest, he admitted he unlawfully entered the United States by traveling across the Rio Grande River near Hidalgo County.

Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), convicted sex offenders must provide registration updates annually or quarterly, depending on the reportable conviction. Today, Paxtor-Chiroy admitted in federal court that he failed to do so as required. He also pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry into the United States after deportation.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will impose sentencing Nov. 6, 2019. For the immigration offense, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison, while the  failing to update his sex offender registration carries a potential 10-year-term of imprisonment. Both convictions also carry a potential $250,000 maximum fine. Not a U.S. citizen, he is again expected to face deportation proceedings.

Paxtor-Chiroy has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.

Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Manning is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 23, 2019

Topic
Immigration