Grenadian among child predators arrested in New York

NEW YORK, United States, Monday July 8, 2013 – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Grenadian is among 67 child predators arrested in operation carried out in New York.

On Saturday, ICE reported that the unidentified 36-year-old Grenadian man was convicted of statutory rape with a female who was under the age of 14.

The immigration agency said its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 93 foreign-born convicted sex offenders in June through a targeted enforcement initiative known as Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Alien Removal).

Of the 93 people arrested, 67 were child predators convicted of sex offenses involving minors.

The remaining offenders were convicted of victimizing adults.

Operation SOAR, which began June 17 and ended June 28, was conducted by ERO Fugitive Operations teams based in New York with support from the US Marshals Service.

“This operation was specifically designed to target and arrest criminal aliens who have been convicted of sex crimes,” said Christopher Shanahan, field office director for ERO New York.

“By removing these criminal aliens from our streets and our country, we immediately improve public safety in these communities,” he added.

With the exception of one woman from Ecuador, convicted of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl, all of those arrested were men.(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)