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U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents arrested a man early Thursday morning who had been convicted of a sex crime in Fresno, Calif.

On May 27 just before 2:30 a.m., USBP agents in East County San Diego encountered a man who had entered the U.S. illegally near the town of Boulevard and determined he was unlawfully present in the U.S.

Taking him to a nearby station for processing, record checks revealed that the Mexican national had been convicted of sex with a minor in Fresno in 2003.

Following his arrest on May 27, the 39-year-old migrant was subsequently expelled to Mexico.

“This year there has been an alarming uptrend in the apprehension of convicted sex offenders,” said U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Thankfully, our agents are always vigilant for bad actors who attempt to cross the border illegally.”