A Mexican national who records show has been deported from the U.S. four times was arrested Saturday for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old Texas girl.
According to the Parker County sheriff’s office, 35 year-old Israel Andrade allegedly broke into a Springtown, Tex. home around 6 a.m. and molested the young girl while her family was asleep, WFAA reports.
Following the attack, the girl ran screaming to wake her parents.
Andrade allegedly stole the family’s computer and their cell phones, forcing the girl’s mother to have to call 911 from a nearby convenience store.
According to Fox DFW, footprints led police to Andrade, who was was found at a friend’s home sleeping on top of a pile of the phones. Other evidence was recovered linking Andrade to the burglary and the attack.
The sheriff’s department stated that Andrade’s relatives said he had re-entered the U.S. about a month ago, according to WFAA. Records from the Immigration and Naturalization Service show that he was deported on four separate occasions — in July 2003, Feb. 2004, Sept. 2009, and Dec. 2010.
Andrade’s ability to come back in to the country so easily prompted Parker County sheriff Larry Fowler’s heavy criticism of U.S. immigration policy.
“How long will we have to tolerate this type of injustice?” Fowler asked in a written statement, according to WFAA. “It is time for American citizens to make a stand and begin petitioning for tighter security at our borders in order to protect our citizens.”
The incident occurs amid an unfolding border crisis occurring in southern Texas as tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are being apprehended at the border and shipped to various locations in the U.S.
It is unclear whether Andrade was booked for any violent crimes during his previous stays in the country.
Earlier this year it was revealed that approximately 36,000 criminal illegal aliens had been released from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2013. Nearly 200 of those were murderers while more than 400 had committed sexual assault. The revelation prompted Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn to send a letter to Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson asking for statistics on how many illegal aliens who had committed violent crimes had been released.
According to WFAA, Andrade faces a first-degree felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact, as well as burglary of a habitation.