Caribbean Nationals Among Child Predators Iced

MIAMI, FL, Apr. 25, 2006 – Several Caribbean-born convicted sex felons are among dozens of greencard holders iced in New York in recent days and who now all face deportation back to the region in coming weeks.

They include a 60-year-old national of the Dominican Republic, who served time for the sexual abuse of his own granddaughter. Another DR national, nabbed, was charged with 13 counts of rape, six counts of sodomy and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old he tutored at an after-school tutoring center. He too served jail time.

Others picked up last Thursday included a citizen of Guyana, who was charged with rape, kidnapping and sodomy of a 12-year-old girl; and a Haitian national who was convicted of four counts of rape, five counts of sodomy, nine counts of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a 12-year-old child. The Haitian man abused the young girl over a four-day period.

Other migrants grabbed for deportation in the New York raid include nationals of Jamaica, Trinidad and Cuba in the Caribbean as well as China, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Liberia, Mexico and Norway. Their names were not released. All are set to be deported shortly back to their home country.

“When you think you have seen it all, you find that there are sex crimes even more heinous,” said New York Special Agent-in-Charge Martin D. Ficke. “As their convictions demonstrate, these predators are the worst of the worst. They prey on our children and they have forfeited their privilege to remain in this country.”

Martin F. Horn, New York City’s Probation Commissioner, added, “When the offenders rounded up this morning are deported, New York City will be a safer place.”

Meanwhile, a statewide operation in Florida’s cities of Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando on Friday resulted in 183 migrants, including several from the Caribbean, being nabbed by ICE detention and removal officers and special agents.

Among those arrested were 130 fugitive criminal aliens that were ordered removed by a federal immigration judge but failed to comply with their lawful orders. Some of the fugitives have been in hiding evading law enforcement for years.

Many of the fugitives arrested, according to ICE officials, have a criminal history that includes sexual assault of a child, driving under the influence, child abuse, aggravated assault, cocaine trafficking and weapons violations.

An additional 53 arrested were undocumented immigrants. All have been charged administratively for being in violation of immigration laws. Among those busted was Liston Bartley, 55, a Jamaican national, who was convicted of indecent assault after impregnating a 12-year-old girl. As an aggravated felon, he was ordered removed by an immigration judge. Bartley will remain in ICE custody until he is deported.

Another nabbed was Jamaican national Clovis Walbert Pinnock. ICE detention and removal officers say they discovered and seized a SKS 7.62mm assault rifle, a 9mm pistol, seven grams of marijuana, three scales and $2,200 in U.S. currency following a consent search of Pinnock’s apartment.

He apparently entered the U.S. in 1997 as a visitor but failed to depart as required by law and was subsequently ordered removed by an immigration judge. He is a convicted felon who has been on the run since 2001, ICE said.

Others arrested Friday in Florida included Caribbean nationals from the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad.

“ICE is out in full force to keep our communities safe by removing dangerous criminal aliens from our streets,” said Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Criminal aliens have a very high rate of recidivism and often re-victimize the community in which they reside. By finding and removing these criminals, we are able to greatly enhance public safety, while restoring integrity to our nation’s immigration system.”

ICE’s Operation Predator, launched on July 9, 2003, has resulted in nearly 7,000 predators and sex offenders being arrested nationwide. (Hardbeatnews.com)