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Mexican man, convicted San Angelo child sex offender, caught trying to cross border

Alana Edgin
San Angelo Standard-Times
Border Patrol vehicles beside the border wall in Brownsville, Texas, on Aug. 10, 2017.

SAN ANGELO — A Mexican national convicted of sexually assaulting a child in San Angelo, has been arrested Tuesday after attempting to cross the Texas-Mexico border, according to a U.S. Border Patrol news release.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, Border Patrol agents detained Guillermo Ramirez-Ponce, 51, "shortly after he illegally entered the United States," according to the release issued Thursday.

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During processing, agents discovered a 2002 conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child in San Angelo. Ramirez-Ponce was sentenced to 30 years in jail at the time and removed from the U.S. in 2017, according to the release.

"Dangerous criminals continue their attempts to illegally enter the United States," said Austin L. Skero II, Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent. "I am proud of our agents who are the front line of defense against these violent felons and work tirelessly to see them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Border Patrol arrested Ramirez-Ponce on suspicion of re-entry after deportation. Due to his prior conviction, he could be sentenced up to 20 years in jail, according to the release.

Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at aedgin@gannett.com