Astoria, OR – ICE says that a twice previously-deported illegal immigrant raped a little girl, and then was released by the police department before immigration officials had an opportunity to take him into custody.
Lopez-Fabian, 24, was arrested by the Seaside Police Department on Feb. 16 after an investigation determined he’d had sex several times with a girl under the age of 14, according to The Daily Astorian.
He was charged with harassment, fourth-degree assault, two counts of second-degree rape, and three counts of third-degree rape.
But despite the heinous new charges, Lopez-Fabian was able to post bail of $25,000 and be released the same day he was arrested.
ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office did not alert immigration officials to his most recent arrest.
“Hours after his release, ICE deportation officers received information from federal databases about his prior immigration history and his most recent arrest. From there, they conducted an online review of jail and court records and determined that Lopez-Fabian did not have lawful status in the country, and subsequently, targeted him for immigration enforcement.” Cutrell said in an emailed statement to The Daily Astorian.
“ICE focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” she said.
ICE was eventually able to locate Lopez-Fabian in a courthouse parking lot on March 7 as he arrived for a hearing. He is being held in a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.
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