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CBP arrests two previously deported sex offenders

DEL RIO, TX (ValleyCentral) — Authorities said two convicted sex offenders were arrested shortly after crossing the US border illegally.

On January 9, U.S. Border Patrol agents detained Roberto Carlos Bonilla-Ponce, 40, and another man for “trying to avoid detection” in Spofford.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Bonilla-Ponce was a Honduran national convicted of aggravated child sexual abuse in 2002. He was sentenced to five years in prison for this crime. In 2013 and 2017 he was tried again for re-entry after being deported.

He was deported again in 2020, authorities say.

On January 11, agents in Eagle Pass detained 10 migrants, including Saul Macias-Espinosa, 50, a Mexican citizen who had previously been convicted twice for criminal offenses in Los Angeles.

Macias-Espinosa was found guilty in 1999 of wife rape under the influence of controlled substances and possession of drugs/controlled substances in 2000. According to authorities, he was sentenced to three years in prison for the first offense and two years in prison for the second.

According to them, his last deportation was in 2002.

Both Bonilla-Ponce and Macías-Espinosa are charged with re-entry after being deported, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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