T&T national held in crackdown on crimes against children in the US

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 20:00

At least on national of Trinidad and Tobago has been held in the US for a crime against a child, in a crackdown by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A statement from ICE says its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office executed a "Crimes against Children" operation April 4 through 8 as part of the agency's public safety efforts.

It says all of the targets in this operation met the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) highest immigration enforcement priorities and that the operation netted a total of 44 arrests of individuals convicted of crimes against children.

It says the individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were nationals of Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark, said, "As part of this operation, we specifically focused on the arrest of individuals who took advantage of children. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers and our law enforcement partners, there are 44 fewer criminals in our neighborhoods."

ICE says the individuals range from age 19 to 61 years old and all were previously convicted of a variety of offenses.

Some of the convictions included sexual abuse of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a child, luring or enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, child neglect and indecent exposure.

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