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Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously convicted sex offender near Palominas, Sunday night.

Agents apprehended 46-year-old Milton Portilla-Moscoso at approximately 9 p.m. after he illegally entered the United States. Records checks revealed Portilla-Moscoso, a citizen of Ecuador, was convicted of sexual assault by Dallas County, Texas, in 2011. He was sentenced to eight years of probation and deported to Ecuador.

Portilla-Moscoso will face federal prosecution for immigration violations.

All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.

In Fiscal Year 2019, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 195 illegal aliens with significant criminal histories. The Border Patrol is often the first line of defense against previously deported criminals attempting to reenter the United States.

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