A man who was deported and accused of sexual assault allegedly used altered documents to avoid family separation while entering the country, the U.S. Border Patrol said.
A 45-year-old Guatemalan man and his 18-year-old and nine-year-old daughter surrendered themselves to agents near the Bridge of the Americas port of entry on Jan 31.
During questioning the man gave agents a birth certificate for the children including one showing that said the older daughter was 17-year-old.
Agents contacted the Guatemalan consulate who confirmed that wasn’t true and the man had been arrest on 2nd-degree rape charges in 2008.
Immigration checks also showed he ented the U.S. illegally in 2017.
The man’s name was not released and he remains in Border Patrol custody.