Guatemalan national arrested and charged with raping Massachusetts child – Boston 25 News

BOSTON – A Guatemalan citizen was arrested in Massachusetts and charged with the rape of a child, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Yader Alexander Morales-Quevedo, 24, of Guatemala, was arrested by deportation officials in New Bedford on May 28, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Monday. He remains in federal custody pending the outcome of his deportation proceedings.

Morales-Quevedo is accused of raping a minor in Bristol County.

He entered the United States illegally on an unknown date and at an unknown location without being examined, admitted or paroled by a U.S. immigration officer, federal authorities said.

“Yader Alexander Morales-Quevedo will face justice, but he faces some very serious charges,” said Todd Lyons, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Boston, in a statement. “He posed a significant threat to the children in our Massachusetts communities. ERO Boston will continue to prioritize public safety by apprehending and removing serious non-citizen offenders from our New England neighborhoods.”

Morales-Quevedo was charged with child rape in New Bedford District Court on August 30, 2022. The court later upgraded the charges, and on January 3, 2023, he was charged with rape of a child and nude lascivious posing/exhibition of a child in Bristol County Superior Court, officials said.

To report crimes or suspicious activity involving child sex offenders, call the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or complete the online tip form.

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