A Mexican national who had been convicted of rape and attempted child rape was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona on Tuesday while attempting to illegally enter the state from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Agents stopped Fernando Lopez-Delacruz, 42, at a Nogales border station at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency said in a news release.

While conducting a criminal-history check, agents discovered he previously was convicted in Washington state for first-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape of a child in Adams County, Washington, officials said.

He was sentenced to 71 months in prison. Officials did not provide details on whether he had previously been deported or had served that sentence in Washington.

Lopez-Delacruz is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations, the CBP said.


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