Migrant Released on Bail After Assaulting a Child

(IntegrityPress.org) – A Brazilian man who entered the U.S. illegally in 2021 was arrested near his place of residence in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 28 by Boston’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) after a local court saw fit to release him on bail while awaiting trial for assaulting a child.

Milford District Court refused to follow a detainment order issued by ICE, which would have held the man in jail for a further 48 hours after the order was issued, allowing time for ICE agents to take the man into their custody. Instead, as soon as he paid his $5000 bond, Massachusetts authorities allowed the alleged pedophile back onto the streets in January 2024 until ERO’s deportation officers caught up with him at the end of March and took him into custody.

The unnamed 20-year-old man first entered the U.S. in July 2021 with his mother. The pair were arrested by Arizona’s Border Patrol before being released on their own recognizance. After relocating to Massachusetts, the man is reported to have been in trouble with the law prior to his arrest for child rape. In August 2023, he was charged with unlicensed use of a motor vehicle, although these charges were later dropped.

By December of that same year, a warrant was put out for his arrest after he was accused of raping a child under the age of 16. He did not hand himself over to the authorities, but instead was tracked down in Portland, Maine, 140 miles away from his usual home in Lowell. Upon arrest on January 10, he was hit with the additional charge of being a fugitive from justice.

While Milford District Court is yet to offer comment on its refusal to adhere to the detainment order and its choice to release an alleged child rapist on bail, ICE Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons told the press that the arrested man had posed a threat to the local communities, and that ICE Boston would always prioritize the safety of local citizens.

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