Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Enforcement Removal Operations announced the arrest of 32 convicted sexual offenders throughout Long Island, including a 36-year-old Salvadoran man who was arrested in Glen Cove on July 25 by ICE, and convicted of raping a 15-year-old victim. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation supervision.
The recent arrests by ICE occurred over a 10-day period ending on August 3. It is being referred to by law enforcement as Operation Sex Offender Alien Removal (SOAR).
The 32 individuals were from Nassau and Suffolk counties with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to attempted rape. Of those arrested, 12 are registered sexual offenders.
"ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for New York. “These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work.”
According to ICE, the arrestees with outstanding orders of deportation, or those who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, will be required to leave the country immediately. The remaining individuals, including the man from Glen Cove, are in ICE custody awaiting either a hearing before an immigration judge or travel arrangements for deportation.
More updates to follow.