An illegal immigrant with a lengthy criminal history who had previously been deported 16 years ago is headed back to an American prison after being convicted of raping a nine-year-old girl.
The attack took place in Clackamas County, Oregon, and was committed by an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had already spent time in an American jail before being deported in 2001.
He was captured trying to escape to Mexico, after his fingerprints were found at the crime scene.
Clackamas County is reportedly a sanctuary county, with policies in place to prevent local authorities from cooperating with ICE and federal authorities.
A man who was deported to Mexico 16 years ago has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Oregon girl while she slept in her bedroom last year.
The girl’s mother told KATU News her 9-year-old and 5-year-old daughters were asleep on the night of Feb. 26 at the Clackamas Trails Apartments when a stranger broke into their bedroom through a window.
After being pinned down by the stranger, the girl managed to escape and run to her mom’s room. When they realized what happened, the girl’s dad took his gun and went into the bedroom, but the suspect had already escaped through the window.
Deputies were able to find the suspect’s fingerprints, the mom told KATU. The little girl was able to recall what her attacker looked like, and helped deputies create a sketch of what he looked like.
Santiago Martinez-Flores, 48, was quickly identified as the suspect in the attack. He was arrested about two months after the attack at the California and Mexico border, about 15 miles from San Diego.
Martinez-Flores was charged with unlawful sexual penetration, sex abuse, attempted rape and burglary. He was found guilty Friday, and will be sentenced Monday.
Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 1994. He was deported to Mexico in 2001 after serving two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Federal officers arrested 48-year-old Santiago Flores-Martinez when he was trying to cross back into Mexico in late April. The port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) apprehended the Mexican national at the San Ysidro port of entry. San Ysidro is a district within the City of San Diego and is on the California-Mexico border near Tijuana.
Officials identified Flores-Martinez when they retrieved biometric information on him via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS).
The convicted child rapist has used the aliases “Felipe Coeto” and “Isidro Ramos Flores.”