A Mexican national convicted of sex offenses in the United States and on the run from federal immigration officials has been arrested in Utah.
Jesus Guitron-Aguilera, who had been on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Top 10 Most-Wanted list since 2010, was arrested by ICE and Provo police on Tuesday, said Robert Culley, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.
Guitron-Aguilera, 56, went on the run after his appeal of an earlier federal deportation order was dismissed in August 2010. A field worker, he had last been believed to be living near Ephraim; he was located in Provo on Tuesday after ICE received a tip, Culley said.
His criminal history includes a 1992 sex offense and drunken driving convictions, among other misdemeanor offenses, a news release from ICE says. He was sentenced to five years in a Michigan prison for the 1992 sexual assault. A search of Utah court records reveals a 1990 conviction of class A misdemeanor unlawfully selling or supplying alcohol to minors.
Requests to ICE for other details of Guitron-Aguilera’s criminal history and arrest were not immediately returned Wednesday.
“Guitron-Aguilera was a clear threat to the safety of our community and with his arrest we are sending a clear message to illegal aliens who commit crimes in the United States: ‘America is not a safe haven for you,’” Culley stated. “You will face justice for your crimes and then we will send you back to your home country.”