AZ Border Patrol agents arrest sex offender after illegal group entry

Israel Chaj-Matul, 38.
Israel Chaj-Matul, 38.(CBP)
Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 2:22 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a registered sex offender after he illegally re-entered the country, southwest of Sells, AZ., Tuesday morning.

Tucson Sector agents patrolling remote trails on the Tohono O’odham Nation detected, tracked and arrested a group of 13 immigrants that entered the United States illegally through the desert. The group consisted of men, women and juveniles from Guatemala and Mexico.

While processing the group, agents learned one Guatemalan man, 38-year-old Israel Chaj-Matul, was a registered sex offender in Florida. Records revealed that Chaj-Matul was arrested in 2015 and found guilty of sexual offenses against a child.

Chaj-Matul will be federally prosecuted for re-entry of a previously removed felon.

The other people encountered in the incident were expelled from the country.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol arrested two other previously removed sex offenders, both Mexican nationals, earlier in the week. Both men were presented for criminal prosecution.

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