ICE Arrests Child Sexual Predator After He Was Released Twice Previously Despite Detainer

In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent walks with suspected immigrants caught entering the country illegally along the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested an illegal immigrant from Guatemala and charged him with numerous sexual crimes against children. Hector Moran-Espinoza had been arrested for similar charges twice previously by the Philadelphia Police Department and then released despite an ICE detainer.


Hector Moran-Espinoza was arrested April 2, by the Philadelphia Police Department for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, statuary sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense, corruption of minors, indecent assault-without the consent of other person, reckless endangerment of another person, rape by forceable compulsion, sexual abuse of children-photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, and aggravated indecent assault without consent.

May 9, Moran was again arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department for unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, reckless endangerment of another person, and endangering the welfare of a child-parent or guardian commits offense.

In both cases, ICE’s Philadelphia Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodged an immigration detainer on Moran the same day of the arrest, and each time Philadelphia Police Department did not honor this detainer and released this predator onto the streets.


Forget the fact this man is in the country illegally. Why is a person like this allowed out of jail in the first place? The only conclusion one can draw is that the Philadelphia PD and city government are more concerned with adhering to a political agenda than in keeping people safe.

“We are seeing politicians put their political agendas above the safety of the citizens they serve,” said ICE Philadelphia Field Office Director Simona Flores-Lund. “The victims in this case are young children, whose lives are now forever changed. This monster was released not once, but twice, without notifying ICE. We are committed to strengthening our relationship with local law enforcement, as we want nothing more than to keep our communities safe.”

By releasing a criminal with multiple offenses, the Philadelphia Police Department is putting their city at risk by letting this individual roam free to potentially harm the most vulnerable, our children.

The politicians and police are not heartless monsters who want to see kids sexually assaulted. They believe they are taking a calculated risk. By allowing animals like Moran-Espinoza to roam the streets and potentially prey on children, the greater good is served by assuring illegal alien communities that the police won’t help the feds deport them. Theoretically, this should make illegal aliens more willing to cooperate with law endorcement.


Of course, in reality, illegal aliens won’t cooperate with police any more than they would if the cops were handing criminals like Moran-Espinoza over to ICE. But the myth that they do serves to justify the police and politicians’ non-cooperation with ICE.

And that non-cooperation endangers the very communities that the politicians swear they’re protecting.


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