U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender Thursday afternoon.

At around 12:40 p.m., agents assigned to the Calexico Station, arrested a man suspected of illegally entering the U.S. approximately 16 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.  The man was arrested and transported to the El Centro station to confirm his identity and evaluate his criminal and immigration history.

Border Patrol agents conducted records checks, which revealed that Eduardo Leon, a 33-year-old Mexican national was convicted in Nevada for for committing Open or Gross Lewdness with a child under 18 on August 28, 2018.  Ramirez was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Additionally, Leon was ordered removed, by an Immigration Judge on September 5, 2018.

“Thankfully our agents were able to apprehend this child predator,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim. “Sexual offenders like Leon are dangerous and need to be kept out of our communities.”

Leon is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed ten individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges attempting to enter the United States illegally.