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In August 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, 33, in Charlotte, NC. Oscar is a Honduran national, and illegally present in the United States. Oscar is accused of raping a child.
Oscar was originally arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for First Degree Rape and two counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child on June 14, 2019. ICE issued a detainer June 15 on Oscar, but the detainer was not honored by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, and Oscar was instead released from Mecklenburg County custody on June 16 according to ICE.
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Claims by ICE say that by releasing a previously deported illegal immigrant facing serious criminal charges, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Department chose to release a serious public safety threat onto the streets of Charlotte where he was free to potentially harm others for nearly two months until he was re-captured by ICE.
Oscar was arrested by ICE during a targeted enforcement operation in Mecklenburg County on August 9, nearly two months after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer and release Oscar, the sheriff’s office did not even notify ICE of the release.
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Oscar was previously deported from the United States to Honduras in July 2006, and he subsequently illegally reentered the United States after deportation, which is a felony act under federal law. After the resolution of any potential federal criminal charges, Oscar is subject to deportation again to Honduras.
ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher blasted Garry McFadden:
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“This is yet another example of a clear public safety threat being released onto the streets of Mecklenburg County rather than into ICE custody due to the current sheriff’s policy on ICE non-cooperation. The Mecklenburg County sheriff’s decision to restrict cooperation with ICE serves as an open invitation to aliens who commit criminal offenses...
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