The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office have arrested several Caribbean nationals in an operation targeting children sex offenders.
On Wednesday, the ICE said nationals from Cuba, the Dominica Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 44 arrested in the “Crimes against Children” operation in New Jersey.
ICE, which did not identify the nationals arrested, said the operation was part of its public safety efforts, and the individuals were convicted of various crimes against children.
The individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were also nationals of Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.
Those arrested range in age from 19 to 61, and were previously convicted of a variety of offences.
Some of the convictions included sexual abuse of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a child, luring or enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, child neglect and indecent exposure.
ICE said among those arrested during the operation was a Haitian citizen, who was convicted of criminal sexual contact against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
A Cuban national was also convicted of three counts of sexual assault of a minor.
courtesy of: Caribbean News Service