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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has blasted a North Carolina sheriff's office for releasing a Honduran illegal immigrant accused of child rape and other charges instead of honoring an ICE detainer notice.
Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, 33, a Honduran national and fugitive, was arrested during a 'targeted enforcement operation' in North Carolina's Mecklenburg County on August 9, according to an ICE media alert Friday.
Pacheco-Leonardo - Arrest - ICE - Officials - Months
Pacheco-Leonardo's arrest, ICE officials noted, came 'nearly two months after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer, or even notify ICE of the release, and instead released Mr. Pacheco’s from local criminal custody following his arrest on first-degree rape and indecent liberties with a minor charges.'
ICE went on to note that 'by releasing a previously deported alien facing serious criminal charges, Mecklenburg County 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 his capture by ICE.'
Pacheco-Leonardo - Police - June - Charges - First
Pacheco-Leonardo was initially arrested by local police on June 14 on charges of First Degree Rape and two counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement obtained by Fox 46 that Pacheco-Leonardo was released from jail on June 16 after he fulfilled his court-ordered terms and conditions of release, including paying his $100,000 bond.
Bond - Amounts - Conditions - Release - Responsibility
'Setting bond amounts and conditions of release are the responsibility of Mecklenburg County, Judges and Magistrates. MCSO has a responsibility to abide by such court orders,' the sheriff said Friday.
He went on to note that the sheriff's department does not honor voluntary ICE administrative detainers.
ICE - Detainers - Law - Enforcement - Agencies
According to ICE, the detainers allow law enforcement agencies to hold on to people who are not legally in the US for an additional 48 hours 'so that ICE may assume custody for removal...
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