A Miami man sought in Mexico for the alleged aggravated sexual abuse of a child was deported to that country Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Officers of the agency’s enforcement and removal operations unit (ERO), transferred Ner Silverio Prieto to Mexican law enforcement authorities without incident at the Stanton Street Bridge, which links El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juárez, a border city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Silverio, 64, was arrested by Miami-Dade police in April 2000 on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12. Before he could be prosecuted in Florida, Silverio fled, settling in Mexico, where he was accused of sexually abusing a prepubescent boy for more than three years, according to a statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Silverio attempted to return to Miami in 2012 on a flight from Mexico City. He was promptly arrested and was eventually convicted of the U.S. molestation charge and sentenced to five years in prison.
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While Silverio was in state prison, ERO sought Silverio’s removal from the United States. In March 2013, an immigration judge ordered his removal from the United States. In December 2014, Interpol in Mexico issued a notice on Silverio stemming from the aggravated sexual abuse charge.
The Florida Department of Corrections transferred Silverio to federal custody this past February. Following a review of his case by agency attorneys, ERO served Silverio with a letter that advised him of the agency’s intention to remove him to Mexico.
“This man was convicted of sexually abusing a child in the U.S. and is wanted on similar charges in Mexico,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for ERO Miami. “ERO will use every tool at our disposal to ensure such predators are brought to justice no matter where they commit their crimes or where they try to hide.”
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